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3-D Scroll Bar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037595D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a technique for scrolling through a collection of objects displayed in a simulated three-dimensional manner to overcome the difficulties of conventional scrolling techniques.

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3-D Scroll Bar

Provided is a technique for scrolling through a collection of objects displayed in a simulated three-dimensional manner to overcome the difficulties of conventional scrolling techniques.

The technique is used for scrolling through displayed three-dimensional collections of objects, e.g., graphical pages in a graphical document. The user is provided with a scroll box with a visual point of reference into the object being scrolled. The 3-D scroll box is attached to the graphical 3-D object. The user can perform "grab and drag" operations on the scroll box to access items in the 3-D object, while the visual point of reference is updated automatically. As an item in the 3-D object is selected, it can move to the top of the object or "pop-up" for further operations by the user.

The benefits to the user are an improved technique for navigating through information displayed and perceived as having depth. Conceptual simplicity is obtained over conventional scrolling devices designed for 2-D presentation of information.

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