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Graphical Mouse

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105344D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dand, P: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a set of new mouse functions allowing users to select a specific area of the screen which may be in any geometrical shape and may contain several objects in addition to the currently supported mouse functions.

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Graphical Mouse

      This article describes a set of new mouse functions allowing
users to select a specific area of the screen which may be in any
geometrical shape and may contain several objects in addition to the
currently supported mouse functions.

      The existing mouse functions satisfy the customers who use
computers generally for text processing and object manipulation.  The
mouse allows manipulation of blocks of texts and cursor positioning,
etc.  The mouse also allows object manipulation functions such as
'drag and drop'.

      As the computer industry is moving towards multimedia
environments, the computers are used with more graphical and
digitized data stream (video) interfaces.  Unfortunately the existing
mouse interfaces do not satisfy the needs of these users such as
selecting portions of the screen in any geometrical (oval, circle,
etc.) and non-geometrical shapes in any size with ease.  Some
graphical applications (e.g., Freelance) enable the mouse to perform
some of these functions within THAT graphical application.  But
actually the mouse is still used as a pointer device and the
application, based on the initial point of the mouse and the next
mouse point (point where the user releases the mouse button), allows
the user to draw a circle or the shape desired by the user.

      A new mouse installation service can be provided allowing the
mouse to be enabled for these extended functions.  These extended
functions will co-exist with all the existing mouse functions.  The
keyboard input that activates each geometrical shape i.e, circle,
oval, square etc, can be optionally registered at the installation
time.  A specific control key sequence (such as ALT +...