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Chaining Search and Scroll Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111367D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method that enables the user to easily navigate between objects that have automatically already been scrolled to the appropriate point by existing search and scroll techniques. Prior art provided the ability to view multiple objects on the desktop at the same time, and perform similar actions upon several objects at once. A user can automatically scroll multiple scrollable windows using the same criteria, without having to repeat the sequence of commands. When some of the objects are at least partially obscured by other desktop objects, the disclosed method will provide the desired and convenient navigation for the user.

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Chaining Search and Scroll Objects

      Disclosed is a method that enables the user to easily navigate
between objects that have automatically already been scrolled to the
appropriate point by existing search and scroll techniques.  Prior
art provided the ability to view multiple objects on the desktop at
the same time, and perform similar actions upon several objects at
once.  A user can automatically scroll multiple scrollable windows
using the same criteria, without having to repeat the sequence of
commands.  When some of the objects are at least partially obscured
by other desktop objects, the disclosed method will provide the
desired and convenient navigation for the user.

      This system provides navigation between participating automatic
search and scroll objects even when some are not currently visible on
the desktop.  The user is initially taken to the appropriate location
in the first participating object.  At this point, this object may be
utilizing the entire screen, such that the other participating
objects are not currently visible.  By a simple function key or voice
command input, the user simply requests that the system advance to
the next participating object.  The user then sees the second object,
automatically scrolled to the appropriate location in the document.
An audible sound can announce a wrap to the first object item
situation.

Substituted elements for this system include:

1.  The user has the flexibility of staying in object, a...