The History Of Tilted Mouse Cursor Design

You might be wondering why your mouse cursor is titled at this weird angle? Like almost every other thing in the world and particularly, in the realm of technology and the internet; the mouse cursor too was designed this way for a particular reason. As stated in a document dated to year 1981, the reason for the arrow shaped mouse cursor and its leaning design has been presented here.

However, with the passage of time, it seems that there is no need for the mouse to remain slanted at a particular angle anymore. But given the fact that it was designed this way, it has emerged much as a standard in modern times. In earlier times however, when digital displays were still in their infancy stage, the cursor had to be designed in an angled display form in order to solve a major design problem.

The same was explained by software developer Bart Gijssens stating that when the mouse was first invented back in the year 1981, initial design included an arrow which pointed directly upwards. The mouse was first invented by Xerox engineer Douglas Enlglebart. Given the low resolution and poor quality displays of those times, it became difficult for designers to make out a tiny vertical line on the screen. Hence, when machines were finally made by Xerox and its research and development unit, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC); it was Englebart who decided that the arrow should be shifted to an angle of 45 degrees in order to improve visibility.

This allows the mouse pointer to become easily visible from pixilated background. The idea was soon borrowed by Steve Jobs and later on by Bill Gates, and since then left-leaning pointer has become the norm.


“Children must go to school and not be financially exploited,” The Norwegian Nobel Committee

The much talked about, Malala Yousafzai was honored on 10th of October, 2014 by being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against suppression of children and them being denied of their right to education.

Malala belongs to the Northern region of Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhuwa. She came to prominence when her letters to the international media came into worlds notice. She had raised her voice against Taliban of the region and their extremism against education.

Later in 2012 Malala, 17, shot in the head by Taliban aggressors as a punishment for her blogs against the pseudo Islamic system established by Taliban. Malala miraculously survived the attempted target killing.

This gave her movement a rather positive boost and her image as a child activist and a true fighter was enhanced in the international arena. She now became the center of attention for both local and international media.

“I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are doing is wrong, that education is our basic right,” says Malala on her website. She is now renowned for her unshaken resolve and determination. She even wrote the bestselling book, “I am Malala : The Girl Who stood Up For Education And Was Shot By Taliban” and also started a non-profit organization, The Malala Fund, to support education and help girls go to school.

This young child has emerged as a hope for millions of others who in one way or another seem to be distant from education. There is still 60% of the present population, which is under 25 years of age, and for a peaceful future it is imperative that they have access to education and are respected as a significant part of the society.