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Disappearing-Reappearing Cursor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104041D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Feig, E: AUTHOR

Abstract

Often a cursor on a screen, such as a computer terminal, gets in the way of the user. It must be physically moved to another location. In some cases this may be necessary many times during an application, and this may become bothersome. This invention has the cursor disappear after a prescribed amount of time. This amount of time is a parameter tuned by the individual user for his/her convenience. When the user next moves the input device, the cursor reappears. It may reappear in the position where it was last, or it may reappear in some prescribed position, which is also controlled by the user. Since its position may be hard to locate, it may be briefly highlighted for a period of time which is set by the user for his/her convenience. The highlighting may be:

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Disappearing-Reappearing Cursor

      Often a cursor on a screen, such as a computer terminal, gets
in the way of the user.  It must be physically moved to another
location.  In some cases this may be necessary many times during an
application, and this may become bothersome.  This invention has the
cursor disappear after a prescribed amount of time.  This amount of
time is a parameter tuned by the individual user for his/her
convenience.  When the user next moves the input device, the cursor
reappears.  It may reappear in the position where it was last, or it
may reappear in some prescribed position, which is also controlled by
the user.  Since its position may be hard to locate, it may be
briefly highlighted for a period of time which is set by the user for
his/her convenience.  The highlighting may be:

    - A bright circle around the cursor which gradually shrinks to
    the cursor
    - A set of arrows, say circular, point to the cursor
    - A giant cursor shrinking to its normal size or any similar
    highlighting method

Disclosed Anonymously.