Browse Prior Art Database

Segmented Pointer Control for Personal Computer Displays

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109761D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Freeman, BJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a software implementation for personal computer (PC) displays to provide segmented pointer control. The implementation enables an icon or menu to be displayed only when a pointer is located within the physical screen segment under which a menu or icon resides.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 52% of the total text.

Segmented Pointer Control for Personal Computer Displays

       Described is a software implementation for personal
computer (PC) displays to provide segmented pointer control.  The
implementation enables an icon or menu to be displayed only when a
pointer is located within the physical screen segment under which a
menu or icon resides.

      In prior art, the technique used for displaying menu items on a
monitor screen was to display icons, menus, or other selectable
images along borders or in 'pop-ups' within the screen domain of
appropriate programs.  The border-resident icons were displayed
continuously and 'pop-up' menus were typically displayed in order to
permit one selection.  After the selection, the icons were deleted
from the screen. In environments where multiple screens were used,
the technique would clutter the display to the extent that the icons
and menus comprised the major portion of the screen causing confusion
to the user.

      The technique used in this disclosure provides a means of
displaying menu items only if a pointing device, such as a mouse,
cursor, or similar pointing device, is located within a particular
segment of the screen or windowed image.  The display image is not
cluttered by the display of multiple icons or menus.  The method will
cause an icon of the menu to be displayed only when the pointer is
located within the physical screen under which that menu or icon
resides.  To accomplish this, the screen image, or the image within a
window, is divided into segments.  For example, if the segment, or
area surrounding the upper left corner of a window, is defined as the
location where the 'resizing' icon resides, that icon is shown only
when the pointer is within that segment.

      By using this method, multiple selectable menu items and/or
icons can reside wit...