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Graphical Control Panel with an Area Sensitive Smart Mouse

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107165D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Stanners, SL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a new Graphical User Interface (GUI) control referred to as a 'Graphical Control Panel'. This control panel groups common, or frequently used, program functions in a window using a graphical depiction of the functions' action with a textual reference (see the figure). Actions in the control panel are represented by icons which behave like pushbuttons.

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Graphical Control Panel with an Area Sensitive Smart Mouse

       Disclosed is a new Graphical User Interface (GUI) control
referred to as a 'Graphical Control Panel'.  This control panel
groups common, or frequently used, program functions in a window
using a graphical depiction of the functions' action with a textual
reference (see the figure).  Actions in the control panel are
represented by icons which behave like pushbuttons.

      The Graphical Control Panel is designed to enhance the ease of
use and speed of the GUI.  Features of the control panel that will
facilitate ease of use and speed include text prompts for new users
and a one-step pushbutton for frequently used functions.

      The control panel has the following functional specifics:
  1. The various icons are gathered together in a control panel
format to separate them from the rest of the screen area.
  2. Each icon is a unique image associated with a unique application
function.
  3. A 'Common Information Line' (CIL) is associated with the control
panel to provide textual help to the user.  The CIL displays
explanatory-text associated with an icon as the user passes the mouse
pointer over the icon.  For example "create an item" appears as the
user passes over the icon to create an item.

      While the mouse pointer is over an icon, the CIL is in an
"active" state.  The CIL's non-active state is shown with generic
information such as the current time.
  4. A light gray line i...