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Setting an Item in an Icon List Non-Selectable

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099634D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a method for disabling of items in an icon's list. Using this technique the user can quickly recognize whether or not an icon is selectable. This technique would work regardless of the colors of the icons involved.

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Setting an Item in an Icon List Non-Selectable

       This article describes a method for disabling of items in
an icon's list.  Using this technique the user can quickly recognize
whether or not an icon is selectable. This technique would work
regardless of the colors of the icons involved.

      There is currently no standard method for indicating that an
object represented by an icon is not selectable.  An object
represented by an icon may already be open, and the application needs
a way to indicate this to the user.

      The solution is to use a gray double pixel border around the
icon to indicate that it not selectable by the user. If this icon was
being displayed by the Office Vision/2 list control, a simple message
could alert list to the items current status.  List would have to
keep an inactive/active bit associated with the item.  When painting
the item, list would check the active/inactive bit and decide to
whether or nor to draw the gray border.