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Method of Incorporating Automatic Mouse Pointer Positioning into Existing Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111935D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Current art provides dialog box windows on a graphical desktop in order to provide a form of dialog between the desktop and the user. For example, when a user chooses to exit an application, a dialog box might appear to inform the user that unsaved changes exist and that ending the application without saving will cause data to be lost. Furthermore, the dialog box may prompt the user for further directions; e.g., "Do you want to save the changes?" This question would usually be followed by two pushbuttons, one labeled "YES", and one labeled "NO". The user must then move the mouse such that the mouse pointer moves from its current position (unrelated to the position of the dialog box) to one of the two pushbuttons, then the user clicks on the mouse to make the selection.

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Method of Incorporating Automatic Mouse Pointer Positioning into
Existing Applications

      Current art provides dialog box windows on a graphical desktop
in order to provide a form of dialog between the desktop and the
user.  For example, when a user chooses to exit an application, a
dialog box might appear to inform the user that unsaved changes exist
and that ending the application without saving will cause data to be
lost.  Furthermore, the dialog box may prompt the user for further
directions; e.g., "Do you want to save the changes?"  This question
would usually be followed by two pushbuttons, one labeled "YES", and
one labeled "NO".  The user must then move the mouse such that the
mouse pointer moves from its current position (unrelated to the
position of the dialog box) to one of the two pushbuttons, then the
user clicks on the mouse to make the selection.  Furthermore, such
dialog boxes are sometimes configured such that they require an input
from the user, and the user cannot perform any other functions on the
desktop until the issues concerning this dialog box are satisfied.
Therefore, the mouse user often desires to be able to quickly answer
the prompt from the dialog box without having to worry about things
like manually positioning the mouse to a particular location on the
desktop.

      Prior art provides an Application Programming Interface (API)
in the graphical windows environment which ensures that the mouse
pointer is automatically moved to...