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Color Cues for File Position and Edit Tracing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103898D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Donovan, RJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for using colors to indicate the origin and history of records in a file is disclosed. Also disclosed is a method to use colors to indicate position within a file relative to a colored marker or "beacon".

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Color Cues for File Position and Edit Tracing

      A method for using colors to indicate the origin and history of
records in a file is disclosed.  Also disclosed is a method to use
colors to indicate position within a file relative to a colored
marker or "beacon".

      A user's position within a file is indicated by the color, hue,
and intensity of the lines displayed on the screen or in a window.
If the display relates to part of a record, as when only part of the
record fits on the screen or in a window, the color variations are
used to indicate the position within the record.  A user may define a
position other than the top of file, or colored "beacon" to be used
as a relative color reference point.  Finally, a user may elect to
have records which are copied from another file or from within the
same file to retain their original colors, adopt entirely new colors,
or blend in with their surroundings.

1.  A default spectrum identical to the visible spectrum - purple for
    top of file, light yellow or white for bottom of file.

    o   A means for a user to define or "tailor" a spectrum, and
        exceptions (copied lines rules) to this spectrum on a
        per-file basis.

2.  Shades or hues varying consistently from the start to end of
    file, with the optional exception of copied lines.

3.  A shift point, defined by the user via a "beacon" (defaulted to
    the file midpoint).

    o   All record before this point are one color range, all records
        afterward are a different color range.

    o   Within each color set, the shades or hues vary consistently
        from the start to the end of the file.

4.  On each window or screen display, the shades or hues vary
    consistently from the top to the the bottom of the screen
    depending on the file midpoint, consistent with the Doppler
    effect:

    o   When before the midpoint, the records at the top of the
        screen are lightest or least int...