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Tool for Training Mouse Users

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035846D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bias, RG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A program is disclosed that trains computer users how to use a pointing and selecting device (mouse). There are three techniques for making a selection from a computer display by means of a mouse. This program trains any or all three of these techniques.

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Tool for Training Mouse Users

A program is disclosed that trains computer users how to use a pointing and selecting device (mouse). There are three techniques for making a selection from a computer display by means of a mouse. This program trains any or all three of these techniques.

There are two basic mouse interaction techniques: "click" and "press and hold." In the "click" technique, a selection is made by depressing and releasing a mouse button while the mouse pointer is positioned on a object on the display. In the "press and hold" technique, a selection is made in the following manner. A "command bar" across the top of the display or at the top of a screen window presents a horizontal list of "selectable" words. A mouse button is depressed while the mouse pointer is positioned on one of these command bar items. This button depression causes a "pull-down menu" to display under the command bar selection. An item is selected from the pull-down menu when the user "drags" the mouse cursor down to that item, and then releases the button. A third, hybrid technique, combining the two aforementioned techniques, is described in [*].

To train users in any or all of the three mouse interaction techniques, this program: 1) Displays a "command bar" across the top of the computer screen, consisting of ranges of letters of the

alphabet (for example, "A - E"); 2) Displays, upon the selection of a range of letters, a "pull- down menu" containing the letters in that range; 3) Allows for the selection o...