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Process for Representing Screen-Sized Graphics as an Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111726D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hyatt, DR: AUTHOR

Abstract

The invention is a process for selectively converting either a vector representation of a screen-sized graphic or, alternately, a bit-map representation of a screen-sized graphic into an icon.

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Process for Representing Screen-Sized Graphics as an Icon

      The invention is a process for selectively converting either a
vector representation of a screen-sized graphic or, alternately, a
bit-map representation of a screen-sized graphic into an icon.

      For a vector representation of a screen-sized graphic, the user
will select the "minimize" function and the vectors representing the
vector graphic will be recomputed with a small scale value for their
size parameter, resulting in an icon-sized vector graphic
representation which has the same image as the full screen-sized
image, but for the reduced size of the icon.  The icon will be placed
at the periphery of the display.  Later, the user can select the
vector icon for expansion and re-display as a full screen-sized
representation of the vector graphic.

      A plurality of vector graphic screen-sized images can be
consecutively transformed into icons showing the same image, but
having an icon size.  The plurality of resulting icons can then be
displayed along the periphery of the display.  Any of the icons can
then be subsequently selected by the user for expansion into a
full-sized vector representation of the graphic.

      Alternately, if the screen-sized image is in a bit-mapped form,
then a different transformation is performed.  Since a size reduction
of a bit-mapped image generally results in an obscured representation
of the image, a standardized icon will be substituted for the
bi...