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New Common User Access Control: Pushpad for Greater Mouse Productivity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113454D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 96K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McArdle, JM: AUTHOR

Abstract

Current GUI-based systems rely on scroll bars and direction arrows to scroll text, whereas keyboard-based legacy systems rely on PF keys for scrolling. Both systems present a minor irritant to endusers in that they either have to recall which key to press or must continually move the mouse to the proper control area for scrolling.

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New Common User Access Control: Pushpad for Greater Mouse Productivity

      Current GUI-based systems rely on scroll bars and direction
arrows to scroll text, whereas keyboard-based legacy systems rely on
PF keys for scrolling.  Both systems present a minor irritant to
endusers in that they either have to recall which key to press or
must continually move the mouse to the proper control area for
scrolling.

The basic scrolling functions people need are:
 o   scroll forward one unit (= 1/2 page, 1 line, 1 screen...)
 o   scroll fast forward (to the end, or many pages/lines/screens)
 o   scroll backward one unit (= 1/2 page, 1 line, 1 screen...)
 o   scroll fast backward (to the beginning , or many
    pages/lines/screens)

      In either case, the user has to look away for a moment, an
action which interrupts the continuity of the task at hand.  These
functions should be readily available, and not require a change of
input device or a lot of eye/hand coordination.

      This article describes a mouse-oriented "pushpad" where the
user places the mouse pointer on a control area to initiate one of
several possible actions.  Possible actions on a two-button mouse
are:
 o   single click button 1
 o double click button 1
 o   single click button 2
 o   double click button 2
 o   dual click of buttons 1 & 2 together

      Combining these mouse button actions with a pushpad  control
could enable these application functions:
 single clicking 1 forward one page
 single clicking 2 backward one page
 double clicking 1 forward to the end
 double clicking 2 backward to the beginning
 dual clicking   activating a special pushpad  menu

      The intent of this flexibility is to place a miniature keyboard
at the finger tips of the user, so that there is no need to jump
between keyboard and mouse, or between control areas on the screen,
leaving the user totally focused on the work at hand.

GUI-Based Communications Programs

      In the area of GUI-based terminal emulators such as XANT,
PMANT, or Communications Manager/2, a great productivity improvement
would occur if a pushpad  were used.

      VM/CMS sessions often require two sets of keys for scrolling,
depending on the application chosen.  VM PROFS requires the PF10/PF11
key combination for scrolling through notes, whereas XEDIT/FORAVIEW
requires PF7...