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Template Visual

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108264D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, SD: AUTHOR

Abstract

The user must be able to discern which objects on his desktop are the template objects, and which are the normal icon objects. It is required to have this information because templates behave differently than normal objects. A user may have on the desktop file objects and file template objects which use the same icon. But when he selects the file object, the default action is "move". The default action for templates is "copy".

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Template Visual

       The user must be able to discern which objects on his
desktop are the template objects, and which are the normal icon
objects.  It is required to have this information because templates
behave differently than normal objects.  A user may have on the
desktop file objects and file template objects which use the same
icon.  But when he selects the file object, the default action is
"move".  The default action for templates is "copy".

      It is important to make a visual distinction between otherwise
identical icons, while still maintaining the integrity of the icon
visual.  The requirement is to convey some of the meaning of
templates without overwhelming an otherwise relatively small object.
Icons are 32x32 pels and they carry an enormous amount of visual
information in a small amount of space.  For a given template (see
the figure), a small bitmap is provided which overlaps the icon in
the lower right corner.  The bitmap is 9x9 pel visual of a yellow
memo pad.  A separate template visual is not required for each icon
to solve implementation and storage considerations.  The template
icon is constructed from the original icon.