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Line Indicator for Hyper Text List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119100D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

James, DA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for highlighting an item within a list of hyper text links to inform the user which link will be activated by a click. This JavaScript programming technique adds a touch of movement to an otherwise plain list of links that are frequently used on the Web.

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Line Indicator for Hyper Text List

      Disclosed is a method for highlighting an item within a list of
hyper text links to inform the user which link will be activated by a
click.  This JavaScript programming technique adds a touch of
movement to an otherwise plain list of links that are frequently used
on the Web.

      Many pages on the World Wide Web provide a list of links to
other pages on some particular subject matter.  Common browsers
provide for the cursor to change shape when it is over an active
link, but the  cursor will remain in its active shape as the user
passes the cursor over  a list of links.  Hyper Text Markup Language
(HTML) with JavaScript currently provide no means for highlighting
the text of a link when the  cursor is over that link.

      Highlighting the link under the cursor has several
advantages.  Novice users, in particular, may not understand where
the hotspot is on the cursor and will click the input device to
select one  page and get a different page from what they expected.
Also, when the title used to describe a link is more than one line in
length, it can look like multiple links depending on how the list is
formatted.  Furthermore, a changing highlight based on cursor
movement adds an active element to an otherwise static page without
the distraction caused by animated images.

      To highlight the link under the cursor, a small image is added
in front of each link in the list.  As the cursor is moved from one
link to another, the image beside the active link is changed to a
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