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Animated Folder Icons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117280D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 103K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schneider, IH: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is the display, in OS/2* Warp, of an icon representing a folder object as open or closed, depending on the state of the folder object.

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Animated Folder Icons

      Disclosed is the display, in OS/2* Warp, of an icon
representing a folder object as open or closed, depending on the
state of the folder object.

      Fig. 1 is a view of the display of four closed folder objects.
Fig.  2 is a view of the objects of Fig. 1 as they are displayed when
open.  The lid of the game box is opened, the folder is opened, a
drawer of the filing cabinet representing business documents is slid
outward, and the folder portion of the representation of "OS/2
System" is opened.  While cross-hatching to form a shaded background
is also used, the automation of the icon to show opening is
particularly valuable when applied to an icon taking up all or nearly
all of the space available for its presentation, so that
cross-hatching around its edges is not apparent.

      The icon of a folder object is shown in a number of places.
The folder containing a folder object or a shadow of a folder object
shows the folder object as closed if the folder object is closed and
as open if the folder object is open.  In the title bar of an open
view of the folder, the folder icon is shown as closed whether or not
the folder is open.  On a LaunchPad button, the folder is always
shown as closed.

      A second General settings page has been added to the Settings
Notebook of a folder, so that the user can edit both the closed and
open versions of the icon.  Thus, the icon is always shown as closed
on the first General settings page and as open on the second General
settings page.  The user can also change the open folder icon using a
REXX script.  Two new setup strings are added to the WPFolder class,
ICONNFILE= and ICONNRESOURCE=, allowing the user to specify the open
fold...