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Window Color Control Button

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108150D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 398K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Booth, BT: AUTHOR

Abstract

A means for allowing the user to change the colors of different parts of the application's windows is disclosed. The design issues for the control means are: 1) how to display the available colors; and 2) how to allow the user to change the colors the first and seconds. Issues are usually solved separately, i.e., the available colors are displayed in one control and the change manipulation is performed through a separate control.

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Window Color Control Button

      A means for allowing the user to change the colors of different
parts of the application's windows is disclosed. The design issues
for the control means are: 1) how to display the available colors;
and 2) how to allow the user to change the colors the first and
seconds.  Issues are usually solved separately, i.e., the available
colors are displayed in one control and the change manipulation is
performed through a separate control.

      The Window Color Control Button combines these display and
change functions.  As shown in the Figure, each button controls a
range of colors.  The background of the button is the current color
for the range.  The upper triangle of the button is the color of the
uppermost color in the range. The lower triangle is the color of the
lowermost color in the range.  If the user clicks on the upper half
of the button, the button background color and the referenced
application window section changes to the next highest color in the
range for that button.  Continuing to click in this fashion causes
the button color to reach the uppermost color in the range for that
button.  At this point, the upper triangle is no longer visible,
indicating that the upper limit of the range has been reached.  The
button also beeps to re-enforce the idea that the limit has been
reached.  A similar process occurs when the user clicks on the lower
half of the button.  Only in this case, the color change is downward
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