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Color Palette Window Ribbon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113460D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, SD: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described for identifying views by adding a color to the interface through the color palette window ribbon.

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Color Palette Window Ribbon

      A method is described for identifying views by adding a color
to the interface through the color palette window ribbon.

      As a default, when the user installs his system, either all
windows will have the ribbon strip or, if that appears to be
overwhelming, only the current windows would show the full spectrum.
The ribbon would appear as a 2-3 pel line added below the titlebar,
which displays the full spectrum of colors available in the system,
in the organization of a rainbow.  The user could then choose a color
from this ribbon for coding that window.  Once chosen, the solid
color would always appear.  In this way, if five views are open on
object A, two on object B, and one on object C, one could distinguish
the difference between the three by coding object A windows as blue,
object B windows as yellow, and object C windows as green.  The user
could directly choose colors for each window, or globally set the
colors in the properties (i.e., set all views for Object B coded
blue, etc.).

      For direct interaction, the user would either click directly on
one color and have it immediately expand, or click down and move the
mouse pointer across the ribbon, which would signal the system to
present a small "magnify" window, showing each color at a time as the
mouse moves across the ribbon.  Upon choosing a color, the mouse
button is released, the magnify window disappears, and the ribbon is
filled with the chosen color. ...