Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Provided is a technique for users to define and save specific styles for input and marking information in order to overcome deficiencies with current input cursor implementations.
Provided is a
technique for users to define and save specific
styles for input and marking information in order to overcome
deficiencies with current input cursor implementations.
provided with conventional techniques for defining
the attributes of input information. This capability is enhanced as
-- Save one or more selected input forms, e.g., font, size, and
-- Display each user-saved input form as an icon, e.g., icons
which look like typewriter balls
-- Display several of the input style icons simultaneously
-- Allow users to pick from the icons to select the desired
input form, as on a physical typewriter where users can select from
different typewriter balls
As a user is
typing, one of the input style icons is selected.
As a user wishes to change style, another available input style icon
can be selected without having to navigate the system menus. Styles
not in the icon set can be obtained via conventional techniques. The
technique can be extended to any input form, e.g., drawing styles,
touch styles, speech styles, etc.
to the end user include new function, reduced
keystrokes for selection of frequently used input styles, error
reduction for selection of frequently used styles, and ease of
learning due to the physical analogy.