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Color Parameters for Common System Window Exits

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105142D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed are techniques to provide users of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) such as OS/2* a quicker way to identify common user-interface window exit elements than reading text.

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Color Parameters for Common System Window Exits

      Disclosed are techniques to provide users of Graphical User
Interfaces (GUIs) such as OS/2* a quicker way to identify common
user-interface window exit elements than reading text.

      This invention aids the user by allowing the customizing of
color accents for pushbuttons and menu items.  Application developers
are provided with a color parameter for pushbutton and menu item
application programming interfaces (APIs).  This parameter allows the
developer to mark the user interface element as one of the following:

    1.  Normal Close
    2.  Abnormal Close
    3.  Help
    4.  None

      The user of the GUI is given customable color choices that
would act system wide.  The user can choose which color to associate
with the top three parameter choices listed above.  For example, a
user might choose Green for Normal Close, and Red for Abnormal Close,
and perhaps Yellow for Help.  The user could also choose not to
associate a special color with these choices; in this case, no color
enhancements would be in effect.

      Developers would be instructed via CUA that standard
pushbuttons and menu items are designed to use the appropriate
parameter.  Here are the suggested associations:

    1.  Normal Close -- OK pushbutton, Close (no data loss) menu
        choice
    2.  Abnormal Close -- Cancel pushbutton, Close (data loss)
        choice
    3.  Help -- Help...