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Electronic Magnifying Glasses

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111673D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique to allow the users to drag an "Electronic Magnifying Glass" tool across the screen while reading, which will dynamically magnify the text it is "covering".

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Electronic Magnifying Glasses

      Disclosed is a technique to allow the users to drag an
"Electronic Magnifying Glass" tool across the screen while reading,
which will dynamically magnify the text it is "covering".

o   The tool will exist as an icon at the bottom of the desktop.

o   Users can double click on the tool to open a transparent
    "magnifying" window (Figure).

    The shape and size of this window can be modified by the users,
    similar to standard windows today.  For example, if users are
    reading a table, they would shape the magnifying window so a
    column at a time can fit within the window.

o   Users can move this magnifying window across the computer screen
    as they read, magnifying the text surrounded by the window.

o   A "slide bar" function appears to the left of the magnifying
    window, allowing the user to increase or decrease the amount of
    magnification, as needed.

o   If the magnifying window comes to the bottom of the screen and
    more text within the document or note is available, the text will
    automatically scroll.  Users can stop the scrolling by moving the
    magnifying window away from the very bottom of the screen in
    which the note or document is contained.