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Using Gestures to Select from Menus in Pen Input

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114180D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kitamura, K: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of using gestures to select from menus in pen input.

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Using Gestures to Select from Menus in Pen Input

      Disclosed is a method of using gestures to select from menus in
pen input.

      Selection from a menu is an effective input method wherein menu
items are displayed and one of the items is selected.  The item is
usually selected by means of a pointing operation that specifies only
one point of an item.  Therefore, a selection error may occur if a
user carelessly points to the border of an item.

      More information is available from drawing strokes than from
pointing.  The pen is a common device for drawing strokes, and pen
movements input by this means are called gestures.  In the disclosed
method, gestures are used to specify items in selection from menus.

      In existing methods, gestures are normally used to specify both
an object and an operation simultaneously; for example, a deletion
gesture "x" on an object indicates that the object is to be deleted.
In contrast, the disclosed method uses gestures only to specify
objects, that is, items in menu selection.

      When gestures are used only for specifying items, information
on the strokes of the gestures can be used to identify the item that
a user wants to select.  Therefore, the rate of selection errors is
lower than in the existing pointing method.  In addition, the
existing method can coexist with the disclosed method.

      The Figure shows an example of the implementation of the
disclosed method.  A user can select an ...