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Displaying Keyboard Cursor in Icon Lists

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103148D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Black, R: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Provided is a technique for displaying a keyboard cursor in a list of icons.

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Displaying Keyboard Cursor in Icon Lists

      Provided is a technique for displaying a keyboard cursor in a
list of icons.

      In icon lists there is no documented method for showing the
keyboard cursor.  How does a list show the user where the current
keyboard focus is?

      The list should use a single pixel half tone cursor border
around the icon to indicate that an icon has the current keyboard
focus.  There should be a 1 pixel border of white space around the
icon beneath the cursor border. Note, if an icon is selected, there
will be a 2 pixel border surrounding the cursor.  When the user tabs
through the list the cursor border will move to the next icon in a
Icon Flow style list or the next row column grid position in a Grid
style list.

      The user now can quickly recognize whether or not an icon has
the focus. The cursor can be seen regardless of the icon's color.
The focus border will not be mistaken for the selection border.

      Disclosed anonymously.