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Pointing Surface Window Map

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100834D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dugan, RF: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a program that displays a map on a workstation's graphics screen representing the sizes, locations, names, and priorities of registered documents and regions on a pointing surface. By looking at this map, the operator can tell which documents are registered and not registered, which overlapping documents have priority, and the locations of the regions for which there is no physical document taped to the pointing surface.

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Pointing Surface Window Map

       Disclosed is a program that displays a map on a
workstation's graphics screen representing the sizes, locations,
names, and priorities of registered documents and regions on a
pointing surface.  By looking at this map, the operator can tell
which documents are registered and not registered, which overlapping
documents have priority, and the locations of the regions for which
there is no physical document taped to the pointing surface.

      Graphic workstations often have a pointing surface (digitizer
or tablet) attached so that the operator can point to paper documents
taped to its surface.  By some procedure (dependent on the
workstation and software) the operator "registers" or defines the
location of the document to the system.  Subsequent points are
recognized by the system as having certain meanings.

      The "document" does not necessarily have to physically exist as
a piece of paper.  For example, on some systems the operator can
define a region of the pointing surface for making pointings on the
workstation's graphics screen.

      The drawing shows three registered paper documents: CAMPUS,
HWYS, and FIRST.  FIRST and HWYS overlap, and the pointing surface
cursor is in the overlapping region.  The map shows which document
has the higher priority:  FIRST.  SCREEN is a registered document,
but is not marked by paper on the pointing surface.

      Typically, operators have registered at any given tim...