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Automated icon visibility and discernibility optimization

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238154D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to use software to automatically analyze icon and label visibility and discernibility on a given background, and then automatically perform the necessary actions to provide an optimally visible and discernible set of icons on the desired background.

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Automated icon visibility and discernibility optimization

Icons and corresponding text labels, on a computer display help the user in multiple ways. When a background image is also present on the display, it sometimes hinders the visibility of the icons and text and reduces the effectiveness of the icons.

Current solutions include: rearranging the icons on the screen so that the background color or pattern does not hinder visibility, making the icon and text area opaque, changing the text color or size, making the background image smaller and arranging the icons around it, or changing the background image altogether.

All of these solutions require manual effort, taking the user's time. As the number of icons increases, so does the difficulty and time it takes to perform the above actions. In addition, any of the above options requires some trial and error before the user finds a suitable display arrangement. This is inefficient and time consuming.

The solution is a method to use software to automatically analyze icon and label visibility and discernibility on a given background, and then automatically perform the necessary actions to provide an optimally visible and discernible set of icons on the desired background.

For the purposes of this document, each icon and optional text label combination is referred to as "icon". The small region of the background on which the icon lies, generally a rectangular area of the background that extends a small distance beyond the icon, is referred to as the icon's "location". The degree to which an icon is visible, and its meaning discernible, while in a given place on the background is referred to as the "visibility-discernibility factor" (VDF) of the

. The exact formula by which the VDF is calculated is outside the scope of this invention; however, it may include such attributes and measurements as the following:


 "Busyness" of the location, including elements such as the number of colors, the number of transitions from one color to another, contrast between adjacent colors in such transitions, and patterns, or lack thereof, that same or similar-colored adjacent pixels create


 Contrast of icon pixels and adjacent background pixels


 Sharpness vs. blurriness of the sub-image at the location


 Location of the busiest parts of the location relative to the icon picture and text (e.g., immediately adjacent vs. separated by some number of pixels by a less bus...