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Flipping the Cursor when a Touch-Sensitive Screen is Touched

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114651D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Napolitano, GL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is the use, on a system having a touch-sensitive display screen, of a cursor which flips 180º when the screen is touched.

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Flipping the Cursor when a Touch-Sensitive Screen is Touched

      Disclosed is the use, on a system having a touch-sensitive
display screen, of a cursor which flips 180º  when the screen is
touched.

      Most cursors used with display screens extend downward and to
the right from the point, or "hot spot," being indicated by the
cursor.  With a system having a touch-sensitive screen, the user
typically indicates selections on the screen by touching the screen
with a finger or stylus, depending on the touch-sensitive technology
employed.  As the selection is made, the user's hand or the stylus
also extends downward from the point being selected, blocking  the
cursor from the view of the user.

      To aid cursor visibility, two complete cursors are used.  The
normal cursor is used, along with a secondary cursor, oriented at an
angle 180 degrees from the angle at which the normal cursor is
oriented.  Both cursors point to the same point, or "hot spot."

      All button presses, finger touches, and pen touches are
decoded.  When such an event occurs, the secondary cursor is
displayed; otherwise, the normal cursor is displayed.  For example,
an upward pointing arrow is replaced with a downward pointing arrow
when such an event occurs.