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Variable Speed Spin Button Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109931D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Scanlon, JL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed are four techniques that allow users to control the speed of rotation through choices using the spin button controls employed commonly in software user interfaces. (Image Omitted)

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Variable Speed Spin Button Control

      Disclosed are four techniques that allow users to control the
speed of rotation through choices using the spin button controls
employed commonly in software user interfaces.

                            (Image Omitted)

      Graduated directional arrows - in this approach, rather than
the convention single up and down arrows, two (or three) different
levels of arrows are provided, each controlling a different speed.
The user controls the rate of spin by selecting the appropriate
arrow.

      Time-dependent variable rate - with this technique, the
conventional single up and down directional arrows are used.
However, the longer the user clicks on one of the arrows, the faster
the rate of spin.  For example, for the first 1 or 2 seconds, the
choices spin at a moderate rate.  As the user continues to press down
on the arrow, the rate of spin increases.

      Drag Out Arrows - in this approach, the conventional spin
arrows are used.  The user positions the pointer over the down arrow,
presses to initiate scrolling, and holds to continue.  To scroll
faster, the user moves the pointer arrow down while holding down the
mouse button.  To slow down the scrolling, the user moves the arrow
back up towards the button.  To reverse, the user can either continue
to hold the mouse button and move the pointer over the up button, or
release the mouse button to stop the downward scroll and then press
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