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Mechanism for Moving the Mouse Pointer by Using Mouse Button Operations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105810D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ohira, T: AUTHOR

Abstract

A mechanism is disclosed for moving the mouse pointer to a specific location by using mouse button operations (that is, combinations of mouse button press and release movements) instead of moving the mouse itself on window applications.

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Mechanism for Moving the Mouse Pointer by Using Mouse Button Operations

      A mechanism is disclosed for moving the mouse pointer to a
specific location by using mouse button operations (that is,
combinations of mouse button press and release movements) instead of
moving the mouse itself on window applications.

      In order to select any window object in a window application by
using the mouse, a user currently needs to perform two operations:
(a) moving the mouse to locate the mouse pointer on a target
position, and (b) pressing the mouse button to select a window
object.  The distance the mouse must be moved depends on the distance
between the current position and the target position of the mouse
pointer.  If the target position is far from the current position,
the distance the mouse must be moved will increase.

      The disclosed mechanism allows the mouse pointer to be moved by
means of mouse button operations; as a result, a user requires fewer
motions of the mouse to locate the mouse pointer, and can traverse
the locations of grouped window objects without moving the mouse.
This mechanism has two functions: management of the location lists
and management of a mouse's movement to the next location in the
list.  This mechanism simply moves the mouse pointer to the next
location in the list when a mouse movement is requested.

      To use this mechanism, each application needs to include the
following steps:

1.  Binding a mouse button operati...