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Virtual Remote Control User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116053D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tabor, KA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a program control including a number of "buttons" displayed on the screen of a computing system in a configuration similar in appearance to a remote control for a television set. Each button may be selected by moving the cursor into place over the displayed button, and by clicking, or double-clicking, the pointing-device button used for selection. Each displayed button includes an icon representing the function provided by its selection. This control can be used with, or in place of, other function selection means, such as pull-down menus.

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Virtual Remote Control User Interface

      Disclosed is a program control including a number of "buttons"
displayed on the screen of a computing system in a configuration
similar in appearance to a remote control for a television set.  Each
button may be selected by moving the cursor into place over the
displayed button, and by clicking, or double-clicking, the
pointing-device button used for selection.  Each displayed button
includes an icon representing the function provided by its selection.
This control can be used with, or in place of, other function
selection means, such as pull-down menus.

      The Figure shows the displayed virtual remote control user
interface.  The individual displayed buttons are grouped into an
upper section 1, an intermediate section 2, and a lower section 3.
In the upper section 1, each button activates a program action of the
application being run on the computing device.  The action is
immediate and is consistent with the icon displayed on the button.
The buttons in intermediate section 2 provide two kinds of
assistance.  If the left button 4, showing a question mark (?), is
selected, the program provides help based on the current context of
the user.  If the right button 5, showing a blackboard and pointer,
is selected, a detailed on-line tutorial is started to provide
general instructions on using the application.

      Buttons in lower section 3 provide functions allowing the user
to maneuver through data.  The uppe...