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Web Dynamic Mouse Cursor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016117D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

An idea gets disclosed that a Web browser downloads an image file from a Web server and converts it at client side into cursor resource that can be used by a Web application. The idea enables Web application developer to apply custom cursors to their own Web application for more visual interactions with users.

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Web Dynamic Mouse Cursor

    An idea gets disclosed that a Web browser downloads an image file from a Web server and converts it at client side into cursor resource that can be used by a Web application. The idea enables Web application developer to apply custom cursors to their own Web application for more visual interactions with users.

Indeed standard Web browsers have ability to programmatically alter mouse cursor shape by using Dynamic HTML and Style Sheet, it is currently limited to predefined shapes. This invention proposes a way to alleviate this limitation.

This invention consists of followings.

Image files for custom mouse cursor stored on a Web server

Web browser's ability to download above image files and to appliy to mouse cursor resources dynamically so that a Web

application can use it Extention or modification on Style Sheet specification that is associated with a new ability of Web browsers proposed by #2


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This invention is implemented by following steps.

Web application developer makes an image file for a custom mouse cursor and put it on Web server.

Web application developer makes Web application which changes a mouse cursor shape to a new shape using an image

created by step #1 Web browser downloads the Web application developed by step #2 and executes it.

If a Web browser is programatically requested by Web application to change a mouse cursor shape, the Web browser

downloads the image file and changes it on the fly into mouse cursor reso...