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Two-Cursor System (Both Hands User Interface)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114845D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 94K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nobu, H: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a method to improve the user interface for application software. This method mainly applies text editing software such as word processor and editor. In this kind software, the cursor is frequently moved while editing the document. This allows user to move the cursor efficiently and offers additional features.

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Two-Cursor System (Both Hands User Interface)

      Described is a method to improve the user interface for
application software.  This method mainly applies text editing
software such as word processor and editor.  In this kind software,
the cursor is frequently moved while editing the document.  This
allows user to move the cursor efficiently and offers additional
features.

      This method defines a secondary cursor besides the original
cursor, or primary cursor.  The secondary cursor is located in the
document and can be distinguished from the primary cursor by color or
attribution of the cursor.  To use the secondary cursor the following
two keys are assigned to keys on the keyboard.
         [  Exchange Key (or EXC Key) ]:
  The primary cursor becomes secondary and the secondary cursor
becomes
   primary (Fig. 1).
         [  Call Back Key (or CB Key) ]:
  The secondary cursor moves to the place that the primary cursor is
   located at.  Two cursors are located at the same position (Fig.
2).
  Two cursors can be moved freely while switching cursors by EXC Key.

The following steps are the sample usage to explain this method
(Fig. 3).
      < Copy String >
  1.  You are typing and you want to copy the string that you typed
       before.
  2.  Press EXC Key (The secondary cursor is positioned destination
       point for copy.  If secondary cursor is far from the source
       string or you do not know where secondary cursor is, press CB
       Key instead of EXC Key.)
  3.  Select source string while moving primary cursor.
  4.  Press EXC key
  5.  Adjust the destination point if you need, then paste the string

      In this sample usage, you can move the primary cursor to the
destination point by just one key operation (step 4).

      The secondary key is located in a document and does not have to
be located in the display...