Saturday, August 04, 2007

Patent Time: Apple invents “user interface design”

Apple patenting "user interface design"? ...

"In this week’s installment of Goofy Patent Applications - Apple has filed for a patent entitled User Interface Design. Yep, the whole thing! Actually the innovation they describe is about the resolution of GUI objects. An object designed at a certain resolution doesn’t look as good if the user’s screen resolution isn’t the same. You can provide different versions of the object but that is a management nighmare. Apple is suggesting a means by which objects are rendered to any resolution in real time. Cool.

In Apple’s words… (caution - run on sentence!)

"A method to display a graphical user interface object, comprising: obtaining a plurality of values associated with a graphical user interface object, each of the values associated with a display characteristic of a graphical user interface object; identifying a first one of the plurality of values as being associated with a first resolution of a first attribute of the graphical user interface object; identifying a second one of the plurality of values as being associated with a second resolution of the first attribute of the graphical user interface object; causing the graphical user interface object to be rendered by providing the plurality of values except the second value to a rendering engine through an application programming interface function."    (Continued via SensoryMetrics)    [Usability Resources]

Apple UI - Usability, User Interface Design

Apple UI

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