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Window Scrolling Anywhere in the Window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106259D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Scanlon, JL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique which will allow users to scroll window contents from anywhere in the window, as long as the window contents are scrollable. This technique will also provide a way to continuously control the direction and speed of scrolling.

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Window Scrolling Anywhere in the Window

      Disclosed is a technique which will allow users to scroll
window contents from anywhere in the window, as long as the window
contents are scrollable.  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.

     An alternative mechanism for scrolling window contents allows
the user to use any part of the window as a target for scrolling.
Using the mouse, the user selects any part of the window using a
mouse button plus an augmentation key, and holds the mouse button
down during the scroll.  At this point, the user's target area is
outlined with a shaded or dotted circle to provide a point of
reference for the mouse pointer.  Dragging the pointer in any
direction out of the target area will scroll the window in the
direction of the mouse movement.  Releasing the mouse b...