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Single-Key Mechanism for Moving a Pointing Device (Mouse)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118743D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Carey, WG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of navigating and pointing on a computer screen without using a pointing device (mouse).

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Single-Key Mechanism for Moving a Pointing Device (Mouse)

      Disclosed is a method of navigating and pointing on a computer
screen without using a pointing device (mouse).

The method uses a combination of the TAB key and the mouse functions
in the following way:
  o  In a window-oriented screen, each window is divided into
      many "regions".  Clicking inside any region has a given
      meaning.  Except for free-hand drawing, clicking on any
      pixel in a region has the same meaning.

      In this design, an automatically-repeating keyboard key (i.e.,
Mouse Tab (MTAB)) moves the pointer to the next meaningful region, in
some order, generally left to right and then top to bottom, without
regard or limitations due to the meaning of each region.  When the
key is pressed, the pointer jumps from region to region visiting all
of them, without exception.  All different regions are visited
including all icons, borders minimization boxes, scroll bars arrows,
menu bars, entry fields, etc.  When the user releases the MTAB key,
the pointer remains in the last region.  The user can then press
another key (e.g., ENTER) to signify "click".  The pointer can thus
visit even minute areas, such as borders of a window, small icons,
small selection boxes, etc., with no substantial effort of hand-eye
coordination for careful positioning.

      Variations of the MTAB key are the LEFT-MTAB, which works in
the inverse direction; the DOWN-MTAB, which scans top-down and then
moves to the next "column" horizontally; the UP-MTAB, which is the
reverse of DOWN-MTAB, etc.  All of these keys loop around; they do
not stop at the end of the screen.  Their behavior is very similar to
the TAB key in IBM 3270 screens.

      The MTAB, LEFT-MTAB, UP-MTAB and DOWN-MTAB keys are either
fixed labeled keys on the keyboard or designated key combinations
(e.g., Arrow ke...