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Dynamically Changing Cursors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037603D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a technique to allow selection cursors to automatically vary in size and shape depending upon the cursored item to overcome deficiencies with conventional cursor definitions.

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Dynamically Changing Cursors

Provided is a technique to allow selection cursors to automatically vary in size and shape depending upon the cursored item to overcome deficiencies with conventional cursor definitions.

The technique allows the selection cursor to vary automatically in size, shape, and other characteristics to allow highlighting of objects or selections of variable size. For example, a list showing font size numbers in actual size requires a cursor that increases or decreases in vertical and horizontal size as the size of the selection varies. The cursor size also varies as the font is changed. Similarly, as object or selection colors change, the selection cursor automatically changes to allow for variance in showing selected emphasis.

The main benefit to the user is a conceptually simple selection cursor without arbitrarily restrictive sizes, and screen space is conserved for selections which are variable in size.

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