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Scroll Pointer: A Small Pointer (Arrow or a Small Icon) to Appear on the Screen when the User Scrolls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108136D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 115K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ashton, DP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a visual device that assists the users of a Personal Computer in scrolling through any list. This is accomplished by providing a pointer reference to the last line being scrolled.

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Scroll Pointer: A Small Pointer (Arrow or a Small Icon) to Appear on the Screen when the User Scrolls

       Disclosed is a visual device that assists the users of a
Personal Computer in scrolling through any list.  This is
accomplished by providing a pointer reference to the last line being
scrolled.

      Currently, in large lists that the user would have to scroll
horizontally or vertically, not only is the direction of the scroll
action not very intuitive, there is no visual reference as to how
many lines or characters the user has scrolled.  This reference is
critical in computers with higher speeds.  If a user is trying to
scan through the lines of a particular document and wishes to scroll
in variable number of lines by one of the provided devices, such as
pressing the mouse pointer on the scroll box arrow and holding the
mouse button down to scroll.  Unless the data on the lines to be
scrolled are varied enough to keep a visual pointer as to how many
lines were scrolled, the users are easily confused as to the
direction and amount of scroll.  Scroll Pointer is a highlighted mark
that must appear on the topmost line on the screen when scrolling up
(Fig. 1), bottom line on the screen when scrolling down (Fig. 2),
leftmost part of the screen when scrolling left (Fig. 3), and
rightmost when scrolling right (Fig. 4).  The pointer must stay with
the associated line until completion of scroll action (i.e., user
releases pressure on the mouse button), but it...