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An object-oriented system for generating and displaying control items that allow users of an interactive network to recognize and select control functions via a graphical user interface. The manipulation of the control items on a display screen is linked to a set-top terminal associated with the interactive network. The control items, which can be visible or audible, are associated with control objects. Control objects are arranged in a hierarchy, and can contain one or more child control objects. Attributes of a child control object are inherited from an ancestor control object. A control item can be graphically manipulated independently by drawing the control item into its own sprite, or can be manipulated by drawing the control item into the sprite of a parent. The system provides building blocks of control elements that can be composed and customized to produce versatile interfaces for applications and content.

Title
Systems and methods for a customizable sprite-based graphical user interface
Application Number
8/509083
Publication Number
5673401
Application Date
July 31, 1995
Publication Date
September 30, 1997
Inventor
JoGene Kapell
Bellevue
WA, US
Edwin Thorne III
Seattle
WA, US
Michael Breed Robin
Redmond
WA, US
Patrick Michael Volk
Kirkland
WA, US
Agent
Jones & Askew
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 3/00
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