Patent application serial number 411677 has not been assigned to a company or institution.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Many types of application software are in use. Some examples of applications include enterprise software such as financial systems, customer relationship management, and supply chain management software; infrastructure software such as databases, SQL query editors, email servers, and systems for managing networks and security; information worker software such as time management software, word processors, email and blog clients, spreadsheets, and collaboration tools; content access software such as media players and web browsers; educational software; simulations software; software development tools; media development tools such as graphic arts software, desktop publishing software, multimedia development software, HTML editors, digital animation editors, digital audio and video composition software; product development software such as computer-aided design tools; and many others. Although a distinction may be made between applications and operating systems based on how directly software controls hardware, in some situations operating system code may be used in much the same way as word processor, calculator, image renderer, or other application software. When using applications, users often work in multiple database, product, customer, project, or other contexts. A given user may have tens or even hundreds of different contexts which are viewed, edited, and/or otherwise manipulated during operation of a given application."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Many applications lack a way to visually indicate a user's current context, to show a context change, and/or to quickly navigate to a desired context based on intuitive visual clues. Most applications rely on a context name or some similar textual property of the context, which can work but is not very intuitive.
"However, some embodiments discussed herein use color as a visual context indicator. The color is picked for each context deterministically at runtime; color assignments are not necessarily stored within the context's database, spreadsheet, or other files. The colors may also be chosen in a way that honors high contrast mode by default. The precise nature of user data contexts depends on the application, but in general each user data context includes at least one user data item containing user-generated data content such as a web page, a database, a piece of text, an image, or a spreadsheet.
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