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Mouse Style 3 - A New Style for using the Mouse in Text Editors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105754D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Forman, IR: AUTHOR

Abstract

The selection of regions in text processing (and other applications) provides the user with the ability to control the extent of an operation that is selected from a menu. They way of selecting a region and raising the operation menu is a central issue in the "look and feel" of an interface. Let us call these two properties (the way of selecting a region and raising the operation menu) the mouse style of an interface. There are currently two mouse styles that are used to select regions in text editors and word processors. In the first, one end of a region is specified by depressing a button and the other end of the region is specified by the release of that button (after the mouse has been dragged to the appropriate location). A second button (or the same button in a different area of the screen) is used to raise the menu.

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Mouse Style 3 - A New Style for using the Mouse in Text Editors

      The selection of regions in text processing (and other
applications) provides the user with the ability to control the
extent of an operation that is selected from a menu.  They way of
selecting a region and raising the operation menu is a central issue
in the "look and feel" of an interface.  Let us call these two
properties (the way of selecting a region and raising the operation
menu) the mouse style of an interface.  There are currently two mouse
styles that are used to select regions in text editors and word
processors.  In the first, one end of a region is specified by
depressing a button and the other end of the region is specified by
the release of that button (after the mouse has been dragged to the
appropriate location).  A second button (or the same button in a
different area of the screen) is used to raise the menu.  In the
second style, one end of the region is specified by clicking a button
and the other end by clicking the second button; a third button is
used to raise the operation menu.

      Technical Description of the Invention - This invention is
about a third mouse style, which has a completely different feel from
the other two, even though the difference may seem slight.  In this
mouse style, a button is used to specify the beginning of the region.
A second button is used to both specify the end of the region and
raise the menu.  That is, when the menu is raised, the location of
the mouse cursor is used to mark the end of the region.  The Table
summarizes the three mouse styles.

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|Operation                  | Mouse Style 1 | Mouse Style 2  | Mouse Style 3  |
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