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Scroll Bar Indexing with Split Screen View Option

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111864D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

While scanning through documents using GUI/WYSIWYG editors, the vertical scroll bar (current art) can be difficult to backtrack/return to text that you have previously seen (especially the larger documents) via the use of the scroll bar.

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Scroll Bar Indexing with Split Screen View Option

      While scanning through documents using GUI/WYSIWYG editors, the
vertical scroll bar (current art) can be difficult to
backtrack/return to text that you have previously seen (especially
the larger documents) via the use of the scroll bar.

      This article describes creating an indexing or tab system for
use with graphical scroll bars.  This invention would be used to
retrace or jump back to previously viewed sections of the opened file
within the editor.  The feature would have two 'ON' options;
automatic index and manual indexing.  When the automatic feature is
ON, a shadow of the previous (stationary cursor position) would
appear on the scroll bar allowing the user to click on it to return
to that spot in the text.  The user would determine the number of
index tab shadows (i.e., just shadow the last screen scroll position
or the last three...  If more than one is chosen, the most recent
index marker would be a dark marker with a I in it and all other
markers would be lighter in color (as they get older) with an I in
each of them).  If just one automatic index tab is wanted (the last
screen that the user scrolled to and released the left-mouse button)
the tab would be solid black with an I in it.  This invention also
gives the user the power to choose two or more sections of a file
(while editing) to be viewed on the monitor at the same time.  The
user would simply scroll through the file contents an...