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Method for 3-Dimensional

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099280D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-14
Document File: 5 page(s) / 176K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Aihara, T: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a new scrolling method to handle dependent, but discrete, elements in a single This feature allows every element to be defined as a scrollable area. From a two-dimensional document point of view, this is to lifting the window and placing it at a arbitrary location. From the screen element of view, it introduces a third dimension, depth, into

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Method for 3-Dimensional

       Disclosed is a new scrolling method to handle dependent,
but discrete, elements in a single  This feature allows every element
to be defined as a scrollable  area.  From  a two-dimensional
document point of view, this is to lifting the window and placing it
at a arbitrary location. From the screen element of view, it
introduces a third dimension, depth, into

      The scrolling function in an application dialog provides method
of interactively presenting a large amount of data in a relatively
small screen space. scrolling has either one-dimensional (up and or
two-dimensional (up-down and left- ***** SEE DOCUMENT ***** right)
movement of data. the information to be presented can be viewed as
placed in a continuous presentation space on a plane. screen space is
like a window through which information browsed.  By moving the
window up and down or left and the complete presentation space can be
viewed through window.  As shown in Figure 1, when the window is than
the presentation space, data scrolling becomes extremely desirable
feature in application user

      The amount of data advanced in each scrolling operation
referred to as the scrolling granularity.  The most used
granularities are a screen, a window, and a in a screen.  Since data
in the presentation space are conventional one- or two-

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 dimensional scrolling is sufficient to browse data.
However, we observed that when the contents of continuous
presentation space are separable into it is also desirable to scroll
these elements This requires a new method to specify the

      Recently, the Hypertext concept, which covers discrete
independent areas of data on a common screen space, has widely used.
Although a multi-window system allows or two-dimensional scrolling in
each window, elements treated as independent entities.

      In a composite document or a dialog panel, data elements be
segmented into discrete areas to serve different However, in the
document or the panel as a whole, areas are closely related.  For
instance, their positions can be fixed.  If we treat areas
independently by using multiple windows, their becomes similar to
that of Hypertext.  Because of dependency of the elements, this
approach could result a very inefficient system.  On the other hand,
scrolling whole document or panel becomes meaningless.  Usually,
either neglect the scrolling feature (e.g. the calendar in PROFS) or
specify one particular area scrolling.

      As in the conventional user interface, a presentation is
parti...