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Automatic Selection with Mouse Pointer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116734D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Minoura, T: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method which allows menu selection by a pointing device like a mouse without requiring a click button to be pressed. It benefits such portable devices/equipments which are supposed to be held by one hand.

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Automatic Selection with Mouse Pointer

      Disclosed is a method which allows menu selection by a pointing
device like a mouse without requiring a click button to be pressed.
It benefits such portable devices/equipments which are supposed to be
held by one hand.

      If a mouse pointer stays at the same address (X,Y) for a
predetermined period of time, a mouse driver informs the Graphical
User Interface (GUI) system software that the event of the "mouse
click button is pressed" occurs.

To achieve this method, the mouse driver is changed as follows:

      The mouse driver has a timer and it is reset whenever mouse
event occurs.  After an event, the timer count is incremented unless
another event occurs.  If no events occur until the timer count
reaches to a default setting, the mouse driver informs the GUI system
that the event of the "mouse click button is pressed at the (X,Y)
address", where the mouse pointer locates at the GUI screen.  Of
course, if the mouse click button is pressed before timer count
reaches to the default setting, the same event is returned to the GUI
system software.  User can set the default timer setting as he/she
like.  The flow chart of implementing this method is shown in the
Figure.  This method has the following merits:
  There is no need to change PC hardware.
  There is no need to change GUI system software such as Windows or
   Presentation Manager* (PM) of OS/2*.
  You can control GUI by just one finger when track...