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Indexed Scroll Bar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111286D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Isensee, SH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a software control for graphical user interfaces. It enhances the commonly used scroll bar control by providing index points for quickly advancing to the desired location in a list.

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Indexed Scroll Bar

      Disclosed is a software control for graphical user interfaces.
It enhances the commonly used scroll bar control by providing index
points for quickly advancing to the desired location in a list.

      Scroll bars are commonly used in graphical user interfaces to
move through a list.  The size and position of the thumb on the
scroll bar gives the user cues on the size of the list and their
current location within the list.  Advancing to the desired location
still may require several mouse clicks as the user over-or
under-shoots that location.  Figure 1 shows a typical list of files
presented in a window with a scroll bar.

      The present disclosure suggests providing index points on the
scroll bar to provide references for immediately advancing to the
desired point in the list.  Figure 2 shows a scroll bar with index
characters for an alphanumeric list.

      The order of index characters will depend on the naming
conventions of the operating system and the sort order used by the
application creating the list.  It may be case sensitive, case
insensitive, allow special characters at the beginning of names, etc.
The index character in the scroll bar is the first character used in
a list item.  If the list items are arranged in horizontal rows, the
scroll bar indexes the first character of the first name in each row.
Index characters are not repeated, but rather shown only where a
change occurs.  For example, if there are sev...