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Directional, Area Sensitive Mouse Pointer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109441D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schell, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A technique is disclosed to dynamically change the appearance of the mouse pointer as it moved around the window to provide greater feedback to the user. Two appearance changes are specified: 1. Color change - the color of the mouse pointer changes (for example, from white to blue or from red to green) as the user moves the pointer from a non-selectable to a selectable area of the window. window. This color change would provide a subtle cue to the user that they are in a selectable area of the screen (for example, close enough to an icon to select it without having to point right on top of it). 2. Directional movement - When the pointer is moved into a selectable area, the arrow points directly towards the center of the selectable object.

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Directional, Area Sensitive Mouse Pointer

      A technique is disclosed to dynamically change the appearance
of the mouse pointer as it moved around the window to provide greater
feedback to the user.  Two appearance changes are specified:
      1.   Color change - the color of the mouse pointer changes (for
example, from white to blue or from red to green) as the user moves
the pointer from a non-selectable to a selectable area of the window.
window.  This color change would provide a subtle cue to the user
that they are in a selectable area of the screen (for example, close
enough to an icon to select it without having to point right on top
of it).
      2.   Directional movement - When the pointer is moved into a
selectable area, the arrow points directly towards the center of the
selectable object.  The arrow will rotate a full 360 degrees to
remain pointing to the object as the pointer is moved about the
object.  This technique is most useful when selectable areas are
spaced closely together, such as icons on a desktop container.

      Disclosed anonymously.