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User-Controlled Display of Hypermedia Links via Mouse Location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105683D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The usage of hypermedia links to allow users to jump to related information is a growing trend in computer software. For the user to know that a given object (be it a string of text, an icon, or some other type of object) has hypermedia associated with it, some sort of feedback must be provided to the user. Typically that feedback is given in some visual way, such as reverse video text. Unfortunately, the visual indication can interfere with the understanding of the information the link is imbedded in.

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User-Controlled Display of Hypermedia Links via Mouse Location

      The usage of hypermedia links to allow users to jump to related
information is a growing trend in computer software.  For the user to
know that a given object (be it a string of text, an icon, or some
other type of object) has hypermedia associated with it, some sort of
feedback must be provided to the user.  Typically that feedback is
given in some visual way, such as reverse video text.  Unfortunately,
the visual indication can interfere with the understanding of the
information the link is imbedded in.

      'Hypermedia' describes a user interface design where users can
'jump' to new information by selecting a link object.  For instance,
OS/2* 2.0's Help Manager allows developers to tag certain strings of
text or graphics as 'links'.  When users click on one of these links,
a new window opens with information relevant to the link object.  The
window might show multimedia full-motion video, text, etc.

      Provided is the capability for a user to toggle the visibility
of hypermedia links.  The mouse pointer location determines whether
links are displayed or not.  If the pointer is inside the window of
interest, the links are displayed, but if the pointer is on the
window title bar, border, or outside the window, the links are not
displayed.  The links are still active even when the feedback of
their presence is turned off; in the case of mouse activation of
links, however, the act...