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Visual Scaling Technique for Scrolling Bars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037417D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Murray, DF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a visual and graphic technique for providing scaling information for scrolling instead of conventional scrolling bars without point of reference information.

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Visual Scaling Technique for Scrolling Bars

Provided is a visual and graphic technique for providing scaling information for scrolling instead of conventional scrolling bars without point of reference information.

The visual scaling technique can be used with conventional scrolling bars, other forms of scrolling mechanisms, or as a scrolling technique in its own right. The visual scale is displayed adjacent to the scroll bar and provides quantitative point of reference information for end users. The visual scale gives the user an indicator about how much the "elevator bar" has to be moved in order to achieve a desired direct navigation effect into the user's data. For example, the scaled scroll bar could indicate how much the elevator has to be moved to scroll a certain number of pages into a document or to reach the "M" names in the address book. There are many other applications of the visually scaled scrolling technique.

The benefits to the end user are reduced worksteps to achieve desired data navigation results, reduced errors in trying to locate quantitatively specified scrolling points, and a visual clue about the amount of data or information that the user is working with.

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