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Alternative to Double Click for Pointing Device Users

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102938D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, SS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

With a pointing device user interface, such as a mouse, the use of a double click operation provides rapid access to a default action on an object. In the case of icons, typically the default action is to open the object. Use of a single click is generally reserved for selection operations. Selected objects may have any one of a variety of actions applied to them.

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Alternative to Double Click for Pointing Device Users

      With a pointing device user interface, such as a mouse, the use
of a double click operation provides rapid access to a default action
on an object.  In the case of icons, typically the default action is
to open the object.  Use of a single click is generally reserved for
selection operations.  Selected objects may have any one of a variety
of actions applied to them.

      Users who are physically challenged may have difficulty
performing a double click operation.  It is desirable to provide
physically challenged users an alternative technique for performing a
default action on an object with minimal motor skills required.

      This invention differentiates between click and press and hold
user inputs.  The press and hold user input is assigned to perform a
default action on an object, such as open.  A user tailorable timing
interval is used to distinguish between a click and a press and hold
input. Note that the pointing device remains approximately stationary
during the press and hold operation.

      This invention reduces the motor skills required to perform a
default action on an object, allowing physically challenged users to
take advantage of default action techniques.  This invention is
possible because of new design work that uses alternate approaches
for direct manipulation of objects.  In other systems, press and hold
operations are reserved for direct manipulation of objects....