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Using a Mouse to Scroll Through Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123096D
Original Publication Date: 1998-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Taylor, J: AUTHOR

Abstract

The current method using scroll bars to move through documents on screen can be frustrating for people who need to scan round a document in both directions, i.e. horizontally and vertically, for example when viewing a large spreadsheet.

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Using a Mouse to Scroll Through Documents

   The current method using scroll bars to move through
documents on screen can be frustrating for people who need to scan
round a document in both directions, i.e. horizontally and
vertically, for example when viewing a large spreadsheet.

   Providing an extension (widget) to the standard scroll
bars as described here considerably improves a user's ability to move
through documents.  A user will still be able to use the scroll bars,
which provide a good visual cue to the portion of a document being
viewed, but will also be able to use the mouse to move the document
around directly.

   To do this the mouse is positioned over the widget and
one of the buttons pressed.  The pointer will then remain stationary
and the document will follow the movement of the mouse instead.  The
scroll bars will also move to show the position in the document as it
is moved, cf. the movement of scroll bars when using the page-up and
page-down keys.  The mouse button could either be held down while
moving the document, or clicked to toggle between moving the document
or moving the pointer.  The left mouse button could be assigned one
behavior and vice versa.  In either case the mouse pointer remains
stationary, above the widget, until the user has finished scrolling
the document, i.e. it is unnecessary to find it again - it remains
where it was left.

   The widget is conveniently placed as shown in the attached
drawing (this space is unused i...