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Sizable Icons for Windowing Environments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109444D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR

Abstract

Currently, icons are static in size. Each icon on a user's screen is about the same size as every other icon (64 x 64 screen bits + the accompanying text). Many times users would like to have the ability to proportionally size icons.

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Sizable Icons for Windowing Environments

      Currently, icons are static in size.  Each icon on a user's
screen is about the same size as every other icon (64 x 64 screen
bits + the accompanying text).  Many times users would like to have
the ability to proportionally size icons.

      Invention benefits by allowing users to have the flexibility to
"resize" icons.  The following benefits would be realized:
      Scale down those icons which they do not use often (for example
a user might want to shrink the Communications Manager icon to 16 x
16) but they do not want to "hide".
      Enlarge an icon that has a "hot spot".
      Enlarge an icon that the user simply wants to see larger on the
screen.
      Shrink all icons if there are too many to view on any part of
the users screen.
      A simple icon stretching feature whereby the user could
single-click on any icon, and choose the "Icon Resize" action on its
action list menu.  Then the icon would flash on the screen as the
user clicks on any corner of the icon and while holding down the
mouse button, the user could proportionally stretch the size of the
icon.  When the user gets the exact size he/she likes, then he/she
double-clicks inside any part of the icon's boundary and a window
pops up asking the user if they would like this "icon resizing" to be
a temporary (this session only) or permanent (until the user changes
it again) change.  After the user makes his/her choice, the p...