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Sizing of Icons to the User's Preference

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099630D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a technique for allowing the user to determine the size of the icons that appear in his/her application icon lists. The user will be able to work with icons sized in a way he/she desires. Changing icon sizes when going from a screen of one resolution to another would be a very simple process for the user. This invention is compatible with the Office Vision/2 list control which allows the application to dynamically change the icons' sizes.

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Sizing of Icons to the User's Preference

       This article describes a technique for allowing the user
to determine the size of the icons that appear in his/her application
icon lists.  The user will be able to work with icons sized in a way
he/she desires.  Changing icon sizes when going from a screen of one
resolution to another would be a very simple process for the user.
This invention is compatible with the Office Vision/2 list control
which allows the application to dynamically change the icons' sizes.

      Currently there is no mechanism for the user to indicate what
size the icons displayed should be.  The user could use color
monitors with different resolution capabilities to run his
applications.  In addition, each user has different eyesight and
tastes.

      The solution is to provide the user with an easy method for
indicating his preference for the size of icons for his applications.
 This could be in the form of a control that is itself an icon.  The
user can be given the capability using a mouse to grab a corner of
this icon sizer and, by grabbing it with mouse button, extend or
shrink it.  The user will immediately see the results of his sizing
effort on his icon (repainted to the indicated size).  The icon sizer
may be triggered by a select from the user's control menu.  The
results of this sizing can be kept in an initialization file and
passed to all of the user's applications.