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Use of Borders to Indicate the Selection of Icons in Lists

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102867D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Black, R: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a method to indicate that an item in an iconic form of list has been selected. The user can quickly recognize whether or not an icon has been selected. This technique works regardless of the color of the icon.

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Use of Borders to Indicate the Selection of Icons in Lists

      This article describes a method to indicate that an item in an
iconic form of list has been selected. The user can quickly recognize
whether or not an icon has been selected. This technique works
regardless of the color of the icon.

      Current list controls indicate a text item has been selected by
repainting it using reverse video.  However, icon lists in general
are represented in color; the reverse video technique will not
differentiate color objects.

      The solution is the use of a double pixel border around the
icon to indicate that it has been selected.  Two pixels of white
space (1 pixel is for cursor) are maintained around the icon between
it and the selection border.

      Disclosed anonymously.