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OS/2 Presentation Manager: Desktop Pointer Color Change for Greater Contrast

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107968D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bell, LK: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

OS/2* Presentation Manager* lacks the ability to allow a user to change the desktop pointer's color. The desktop pointer is prone to becoming lost because of its small size and neutral color. To find it, users currently make mouse movements in order to catch the pointer's movement with the eye.

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OS/2 Presentation Manager: Desktop Pointer Color Change for Greater Contrast

       OS/2* Presentation Manager* lacks the ability to allow a
user to change the desktop pointer's color.  The desktop pointer is
prone to becoming lost because of its small size and neutral color.
To find it, users currently make mouse movements in order to catch
the pointer's movement with the eye.

      The OS/2 Presentation Manager is a windowed environment.  Many
actions are performed with the desktop pointer.  This pointer is
always located on the display, but it can move itself almost entirely
off the desktop to the right and bottom.

      The desktop pointer color is white and no provision is given
for the user to change it for greater contrast with its surroundings.
OS/2 Presentation Manager does give users the ability to change many
of the default color settings on the desktop.  Some of these are
Action Bar, Screen Background, Active Title Bar, Inactive Title Bar,
Active Border and Scroll Bars.

      This article describes an OS/2 Presentation Manager enhancement
which allows users to set the desktop pointer color.  The desktop
pointer can now be set to a color of greater contrast than
surrounding colors.

      OS/2 Presentation Manager currently provides an interface for
setting some system colors but the mouse is not one of them.  Those
that can be are changed through a dialog box named Screen Colors.
This dialog is reached from the Control Panel application.  The
Control Panel is a...