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Use of Mouse Cursor Shape to Identify Access

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248869D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 87K

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Abstract

This invention proposes another method of indicating user interface element access that overcomes some of the disadvantages of the existing methods. The mouse cursor will have a icon attached to it indicating the current role/access of the user. Next to user interface elements will be icons relating to different possible roles/access. The element icons be an outline of the mouse icon so that it will fit like a key into a lock.

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Use of Mouse Cursor Shape to Identify Access

In a graphical user interface there are elements such as buttons, menu items, etc that a user can click on to access features of the software.

Software will block access these features in the user interface for varying reasons e.g. security or software license. Usually access to elements of

the interface are indicated by the following methods.

1. The element is disabled/greyed out and clicking on the element will not do anything.

2. Clicking on the element will bring up a message indicating the user has no access and why.

3. The element is removed from the interface when the user doesn't have access.

4. A mouse over will elicit no response.

Each of these methods have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Method 1

Advantage

Indicates that the user doesn't have access before attempting to click on the element.

Disadvantage

The user doesn't nessesarily know how to get access to the element without external documentation.

Method 2

Advantage

The message can explain why the user doesn't have access to the element. What role/license is needed.

Disadvantage

The user will click on the element before finding out whether access is available.

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Method 3

Advantage

The element won't clutter up the interface.

Disadvantage

The user will never know the feature is available.

Method 4

Advantage

All functions will be shown

Disadvantage

The user has no idea whether a feature is available and no indication even after clicking.

This invention proposes another method of indicating user interface element access that overcomes some of the disadvantages of the existing

methods. The mouse cursor will have a icon attached to it indicating the current role/access of the user. Next to user interface elements will be

icons relating to different possible roles/access. The element icons be an outline of the...