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On-Demand and Easily Accessible Scroll Bars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013616D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 295K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This disclosure shows a way for scroll bars to be hidden when not in use yet be easily accessible and dismissible on demand. This is beneficial because scroll bars in today's UIs take up a significant amount of screen space and also create visual noise ("bar effects") when not in use. UIs are constantly getting more complicated with increasing numbers of view panes ("tiles"). For example, many UIs today commonly have two view panes, a navigation pane on the left and a contents pane on the right. Each of these panes can typically have 2 scroll bars (See Figure 1). Many other products have more panes (e.g., mail programs and Tivoli IT Director have 3 panes). For every pane there is a potential for 2 scroll bars, a horizontal and vertical one per pane. So, as GUIs continue to get more complex with more and more panes, reducing the constant scroll bar presence is becoming increasingly more important. 1 explorer_new2.gif

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On-Demand and Easily Accessible Scroll Bars

This disclosure shows a way for scroll bars to be hidden when not in use yet be easily accessible and dismissible on demand. This is beneficial because scroll bars in today's UIs take up a significant amount of screen space and also create visual noise ("bar effects") when not in use.

UIs are constantly getting more complicated with increasing numbers of view panes ("tiles"). For example, many UIs today commonly have two view panes, a navigation pane on the left and a contents pane on the right. Each of these panes can typically have 2 scroll bars (See Figure 1). Many other products have more panes (e.g., mail programs and Tivoli IT Director have 3 panes). For every pane there is a potential for 2 scroll bars, a horizontal and vertical one per pane. So, as GUIs continue to get more complex with more and more panes, reducing the constant scroll bar presence is becoming increasingly more important.

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Figure 1 - Prior Art: Multiple Scroll Bars

If scroll bars can roll out on demand and then close when done with the look of the UI can be improved as well as some valuable screen space saved. Figure 2 below shows the same example as in Figure 1 but with "hidden" scroll bars. Actually, the hidden state of the scroll bars needs to have a narrow, roughly 2-pixel wide, activation strip
(e.g., Microsoft's task bar has a 2-pixel strip when it is in...