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Semi-Transparent Cursor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116638D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Oshima, M: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of increasing the usefulness of a cursor by making it semi-transparent. This Semi-Transparent Cursor allows a user to read or write information under the cursor. Moreover, making the cursor larger and semi-transparent reminds the user of its existence when it has not been moved for a while.

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Semi-Transparent Cursor

      Disclosed is a method of increasing the usefulness of a cursor
by making it semi-transparent.  This Semi-Transparent Cursor allows a
user to read or write information under the cursor.  Moreover, making
the cursor larger and semi-transparent reminds the user of its
existence when it has not been moved for a while.

      Figs. 1 and 2 show how the cursor changes and how
semi-transparency helps a user.  Fig. 1 (a) shows a situation in
which it is hard to see characters under the cursor.  If the cursor
is made semi-transparent just after the movement, as shown in Fig. 1
(b), the user can see the characters that are to be read or input,
even just after pointing.

      A user often loses the position of the cursor after a while,
because of its small size (Fig. 2 a).  If the cursor is
semi-transparent, it can be made larger.  This helps the user to
locate it and to remain aware of its existence without being
distracted from the current operation (Fig. 2 b).

      Now that computers have the ability to display many colors, it
is easy to chose an appropriate color in order to create
Semi-Transparent-Cursor.  If the number of colors is insufficient,
existing colors can be mixed for this purpose.

      The idea of semi-transparency is also applicable to objects
other than a cursor.  For example, it might be useful to make the
window itself semi-transparent so that the user will be aware of
other windows underneath.