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Automatic Scrolling Mail Reader

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123378D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kashyap, P: AUTHOR

Abstract

An idea is proposed to make the mail applications automatically scroll the message being read. When the mail application has this tele-prompter like feature, a long message can be read more easily without the annoying need to scroll using the key pad or the mouse.

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Automatic Scrolling Mail Reader

   An idea is proposed to make the mail applications
automatically scroll the message being read.  When the mail
application has this tele-prompter like feature, a long message can
be read more easily without the annoying need to scroll using the key
pad or the mouse.

   A vast majority of the mail messages, especially
inter-office communications are more than a page long and hence
require scrolling either by means of key input or by mouse clicks.
This constant requirement to scroll down a page imposes additional
strain on the bones, muscles, nerves and joints of the fingers, hands
and wrists.

   The solution is to have a feature in mail applications
that'll automatically scroll a page.  The application would support
different scrolling rates and would have an ability to set that in
the "Options" menu.  Or there would exist widgets on the toolbar akin
to the widgets in Microsoft Word that set fonts and their size.  The
same controls would be used to suspend scrolling temporarily or even
turn the scrolling off with the simple click of a mouse.  Once the
end of page is reached, the reader would start scrolling all over
again.

   From a human factors point of view, this is definitely a
better UI as it makes reading mail easier.  This will be a great
solution when one has to start the day with an average of
half-a-dozen mail messages.  Now, one can sit back and enjoy reading
a long mail message without those constant mouse clicks or...