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Display Item Selection Visual Indicators

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122747D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, SD: AUTHOR

Abstract

Currently, when an icon in some systems is selected, the text associated with it appears on a solid colored background. If the icon is on the desktop, a menu may appear. There is no capability for editing the icon label.

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Display Item Selection Visual Indicators

      Currently, when an icon in some systems is selected, the text
associated with it appears on a solid colored background.  If the
icon is on the desktop, a menu may appear.  There is no capability
for editing the icon label.

      A new selection visual indicator allows icon selection and icon
label editing.  For selection, a "shrink wrap" grey and black
dithered outline appears around the opaque pels of the icon.  A
dithered color was chosen because if the background color is one of
the colors in the selection dither, the other half of the pels will
still show. Grey/black was chosen because the outline of the icons is
dark grey in the new system pallet and the grey/black combination
enhances the border without overcoming it.  For "in-use" indications,
a background square of dithered light grey and yellow appears as the
in-use visual.  This needed to be a softer visual because it is a
function that may appear in multiples and may be present when the
user is not in need of the information.

      In the industry, a standard visual for "cursor-selected" has
been widely accepted.  The new design incorporates this same standard
of a dashed or dotted line around the object.  To select the icon
label for editing, the user invokes text edit for the entry area with
a cursor indicating the position to type text.

      The "target" visual appears when an object is being dragged to
another object.  It is a black b...