METHOD FOR MOUSE POINTER ANIMATION WITH CONSISTENT, USER-CONTROLLED SPEED INDEPENDENT OF PROCESSOR RATE
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-11
Disclosed is a method with the ability to provide animation of the mouse pointer with dynamically chosen destinations. The function can be used with the pointer starting at any location on the screen and moving to any other location. Another novel feature is the ability to move the pointer at a consistent speed regardless of the calculation rate of the running processor. A final novel feature is the ability to give control of the speed of movement to the users; they can make it go faster or slower. Note that the second feature ensures that the default speed and range of speeds available to the user are the same on any computer. This allows: Use of an adjustable increment and delay count in movement calculations, allowing control of the speed of movement, both for adjusting for processor speed and for user speed preference. Movement in any direction and begun at any time chosen by a user and not dependent on statically defined points, because origin and destination points are dynamically identified.