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Window Scrolling without Scroll Bars

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106185D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Scanlon, JL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique which will allow users to scroll window contents without the need for scroll bars. This technique will also provide a way to continuously control the direction and speed of scrolling.

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Window Scrolling without Scroll Bars

      Disclosed is a technique which will allow users to scroll
window contents without the need for scroll bars.  This technique
will also provide a way to continuously control the direction and
speed of scrolling.

     Currently, windowing systems allow the user to take advantage of
today's multi-tasking operating systems by providing a way to view
multiple applications and/or objects simultaneously in multiple
windows.  Some of the costs of this, however, are the need for more
frequent scrolling of information than would be necessary in
full-screen applications as well as the fact that the more windows
there are to be viewed, the less of each window's contents can be
viewed simultaneously.  Scroll bars are traditionally used to view
data in a window, but they take up space that could otherwise be used
for data.

     One solution to the scrolling and space problems is to take
advantage of the two button mouse and a mouse pointer which changes
to a double-headed arrow when it is positioned over a window border.
If the resizing function is restricted to one mouse button, the other
button can be used for scrolling window contents.

     To scroll vertically in a window, the user would position the
pointer over the top or bottom edge of the window border, press the
appropriate mouse button, and move the mouse in the direction to
scroll.  Scrolling would stop when the mouse button is released.  The
speed and direction of the scrolling can be controlled c...