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Process to Allow Easy Navigation via Scrollbar Buttons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019867D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Oct-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Oct-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 251K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This disclosure provides the means to allow the user quick and easy access to the functionality of the navigational scrollbar buttons.

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Process to Allow Easy Navigation via Scrollbar Buttons

    Allow the knob of the scrollbar track to contain similar navigational buttons located at both ends of the scrollbar track, as shown in Figure 1. The user can now access the same functionality directly at the knob position of the scrollbar without having to move the mouse cursor to either extreme position of the scrollbar. Additional enhancements of the navigational buttons placed on the knob of the scrollbar would include the ability to simply hover the mouse cursor over the desired navigational button and the scrollbar would begin to automatically scroll; the user would not be forced to hold and depress the mouse button on the knob's navigational button. While scrolling, the mouse cursor would continue to hover over the navigational button and follow the scrolling knob until the mouse cursor has been positioned outside the hovering area of the navigational button or until the end of the scrollbar track has been reached. The middle segment of the knob would allow the user to grab and drag (i.e.position the mouse cursor over the middle segment of the knob and hold and depress the mouse button) the knob to provide the same freedom of scrollbar movement designed with current scrollbar technology.

Figure 1 - Scrollbar navigational buttons placed on knob

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