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changing the look of a mouse pointer on a web page

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Would you know how to change the look of a mouse pointer on a web
page. On the page I have the mouse pointer is exactly as I have at
work.... white. But what I want to do is change the look of it so that
the people who visit the web page see a neon arrow (example) as
opposed to what they see now (which is the white arrow) Any Ideas? Its
driving me batty.

Many thanks
Jul 20 '05 #1
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Videos 4 Sale wrote:
Would you know how to change the look of a mouse pointer on a web
page.
There's no mouse pointer on a web page. Some operating systems provide the
user with a mouse pointer which can be used in conjunction with his or her
browser, but that's not part of your page.
On the page I have the mouse pointer is exactly as I have at
work.... white. But what I want to do is change the look of it so that
the people who visit the web page see a neon arrow (example) as
opposed to what they see now (which is the white arrow) Any Ideas? Its
driving me batty.


Not as batty as it would drive your users if you succeeded.

You *can* suggest cursor type to the browser using CSS2's cursor property.
See http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/ui.html#propdef-cursor.

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Mark.

Jul 20 '05 #2

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On Tue, 11 May 2004 22:56:19 -0700, Videos 4 Sale wrote:
Would you know how to change the look of a mouse pointer on a web
page. On the page I have the mouse pointer is exactly as I have at
work.... white. But what I want to do is change the look of it so that
the people who visit the web page see a neon arrow (example) as
opposed to what they see now (which is the white arrow) Any Ideas? Its
driving me batty.


Only by encouraging users to switch their cursor to your supplied cursor
for the duration of their visit.[0] And thank pete for that; some web
interfaces don't have a cursor at all and would have to perform serious
calisthenics to display one.

There are CSS styles which can be used to suggest[1] a different cursor,
where applicable. Note that, while you can suggest a URI referring to a
cursor resource, there is no standard format for cursors that works on all
platforms. Note also that the cursor will add to the bandwidth use of
your site.

[0] There are software packages that will "encourage" the cursor to change
on its own. Without fail, they are spyware; Pbzrg Phefbe is the most
well-known of the lot. DON'T DO THIS. EVER.

[1] Note ye well the choice of words here. There Is No Way To "Force"
Anything, Ever.

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Some say the Wired doesn't have political borders like the real world,
but there are far too many nonsense-spouting anarchists or idiots who
think that pranks are a revolution.

Jul 20 '05 #3

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"Videos 4 Sale" <mu*********@yahoo.com.au> wrote in message
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Would you know how to change the look of a mouse pointer on a web
page. On the page I have the mouse pointer is exactly as I have at
work.... white. But what I want to do is change the look of it so that
the people who visit the web page see a neon arrow (example) as
opposed to what they see now (which is the white arrow)


If they expect their cursor to look like a white arrow--or like whatever
else they have deliberately configured--then why would you want to confuse
them by making it look like something else? Anyway, it doesn't matter,
because there's no way to do what you are trying to do. The pointer isn't
even part of the web page--in case you haven't noticed, it appears without
regard to whether the user even has a browser window open.

Jul 20 '05 #4

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"Videos 4 Sale" <mu*********@yahoo.com.au> wrote in
comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html:
Would you know how to change the look of a mouse pointer on a web
page.


You can't, and if you could you shouldn't. That is a user setting.

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http://OakRoadSystems.com/
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Jul 20 '05 #5

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