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Dynamic Mouse Pointer that Indicates Selectability

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111801D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blades, JA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a mouse pointer that visually changes to indicate frequency of selection and a mouse pointer that gravitates.

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Dynamic Mouse Pointer that Indicates Selectability

      This article describes a mouse pointer that visually changes to
indicate frequency of selection and a mouse pointer that gravitates.

      An application or the operating system could store what choices
a user selects from various lists.  Then, as the mouse pointer moves
over the list, it could visually change the mouse pointer to indicate
how frequently the user selects "this" choice.  For example, the
color, intensity, or size of the mouse pointer could be changed.
This technique applies to a set of icons, which is really a list of
choices.

      A similar technique could be used to indicate different levels
of security required to be able to interact with a choice: visually
changing the mouse pointer.

      There is another technique which could be used to indicate
choices which are frequently selected: vary font size -- use a larger
font for more frequently selected choices.

      Another technique is a gravitating mouse pointer.  For example,
a window border can be somewhat difficult to grab (in order to change
the size of a window).  Mouse pointers are frequently arrows which
point up and left, where the very tip of the arrow is the "hot area".
The mouse pointer could gravitate to selectable things.  For example,
as a mouse pointer is moved left toward a right window border (when
nothing else below is selectable by the mouse pointer), the pointer
could change to point straight to the...