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DYNAMIC HISTORY HOT BUTTON FOR TOGGLING BETWEEN PAGER APPLICATIONS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009234D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 91K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Lunji Qiu: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

In recent years, more and more applications are integrated into pagers. These applications include: stock information, general information and PDA applications such as address book, memo pad, scheduler, calculator, dictionary, world time and so on.

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   DYNAMIC HISTORY HOT BUTTON FOR TOGGLING BETWEEN PAGER APPLICATIONS

by Lunji Qiu, Boh Lim Sim, Cindy Quay, Alvis Fong, Farook Kaleem and Siew Liang Tan

BACKGROUND

  In recent years, more and more applications are integrated into pagers. These applications include: stock information, general information and PDA applications such as address book, memo pad, scheduler, calculator, dictionary, world time and so on.

  In conventional pagers, a user has to toggle from one application to another to accomplish a desired task by first navigating to a home screen from a cur- rent application before navigating to other applica- tions. After finishing the desired task, he has to nav- igate back in a similar process to the previous appli- cation. For example, to read a personal message received when a user is inputting his schedules in a scheduler edit application, the user must go to the home screen and then navigate to the personal mes- sage read application. This process involves three navigation steps (steps A, B and C shown in Figure
1). After reading the personal message, he must navigate another three steps (D, E and F shown in Figure 1) to get back to the scheduler edit applica- tion. When the user wants to read the same or a dif- ferent personal message again, steps A, B and C are repeated. Such navigation is very tedious and frus- trates most users.

HOT BUTTON FEATURE

  This article describes a feature to reduce the navigation steps for pagers. To simplify the naviga- tion, a dynamic history hot button is provided which enables user to toggle (navigate) between applications.

  Generally, there are two hot buttons in all screens, namely, home and history. The history hot button operates a...