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Animated Cursor Pointer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108292D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Innis, HA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A user interface methodology is described which consists of an object dependent cursor pointer which adapts appropriately to the object being pointed to.

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Animated Cursor Pointer

       A user interface methodology is described which consists
of an object dependent cursor pointer which adapts appropriately to
the object being pointed to.

      Using a cursor pointer in a graphical user interface (e.g.,
with mouse) can appear clumsy using current methodologies. A cursor
pointer is typically represented as a two-dimensional pointer, often
depicted with an arrow, cross hairs or even a pointing hand. The
cursor pointer is moved near an object on a desktop so the angle and
pointing portion of the cursor pointer is used to judge how to move
the pointer near an object. If the cursor pointer is an arrow
pointing up and to the left, then the user must move the cursor
pointer carefully so that it is positioned on or near an object with
the consideration that it already points up and to the left. A means
is needed whereby pointing with a cursor or the like can be performed
logically and dependent on what object is being pointed. A desktop
environment particularly requires a cursor which can be object
dependent. Furthermore, an animated cursor pointer which changes
appearance according to what object it is near or selects is
desirable.

      For example, a hand pointer can adapt as it points to a desktop
object. The hand pointer function would grab a file cabinet icon file
drawer handle and pull it out. It would grab the folder and open it
like a book as it unfolded on the desktop into more options. The hand
pointer could cut to a clip board by showing the hand pointer holding
a pair of scissors a...