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Method of Configuring a Dynamic Mouse Pointer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105211D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Prior art allows certain information to be displayed dynamically in the window title bar as a concatenation of the window title and pre-configured information. This prior art includes concatenting information such as incoming mail status or a search results list into the title bar information. Unfortunately, if the window is not very large, there is not enough room in the title bar. An alternative method is needed for surfacing this information to the user when the title bar is too small.

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Method of Configuring a Dynamic Mouse Pointer

      Prior art allows certain information to be displayed
dynamically in the window title bar as a concatenation of the window
title and pre-configured information.  This prior art includes
concatenting information such as incoming mail status or a search
results list into the title bar information.  Unfortunately, if the
window is not very large, there is not enough room in the title bar.
An alternative method is needed for surfacing this information to the
user when the title bar is too small.

      This system provides an interface to the application program
which will surface notification of dynamic application information to
the user by causing the mouse to pulsate.  When the user notices that
the mouse is pulsating, he/she knows that there is some pending
notification.  He/she just moves the mouse pointer to some white
space, double-clicks mouse button 1, and a list is surfaced to the
user, indicating what has occurred.

      For example, when the prior art attempted to concatenate a
search results list to a window title in the title bar, this system
would intervene when the title bar was too short to hold the search
results list.  Then it would cause the mouse to pulsate, and when the
user moved the mouse pointer to some white space and double-clicks,
the search results list notification is seen in the status list.

Disclosed Anonymously.