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Improved Usability on a Standard Pointing Device Through Slow Key Enablement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123450D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kamper, R: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The invention described here provides for adaptation of the settings controlling the display of a pointing device to the individual user. Specifically, it provides a mechanism for adjusting the interpretation of button presses/mouse clicks to the physical performance of the user, instead of providing a limited range of settings that must be adapted to by the user. The advantage of using the invention is that it reduces the complexity of the interface and allows individuals with varied degrees of physical motor control and speed to interact with the computer system at a speed, which is appropriate to their physical capabilities.

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Improved Usability on a Standard Pointing Device Through Slow Key
Enablement

   The invention described here provides for adaptation of
the settings controlling the display of a pointing device to the
individual user.  Specifically, it provides a mechanism for
adjusting the interpretation of button presses/mouse clicks to the
physical performance of the user, instead of providing a limited
range of settings that must be adapted to by the user.  The advantage
of using the invention is that it reduces the complexity of the
interface and allows individuals with varied degrees of physical
motor control and speed to interact with the computer system at a
speed, which is appropriate to their physical capabilities.

   There are sets of disabilities that make the regular
operation of a computer difficult if not impossible.  Examples of
this are trembling hands/fingers, and numb hands, fingers (which can
cause the repeated pressing of a key on the keyboard, or a button on
a pointing device).  As our population grows older, and becomes
increasingly dependent on computers this will become more of an
issue.

   The solution for this is typically one of two things.  1)
The enablement of what is called Slow Keys on for the keyboard input
device.  This requires the user to hold down a key for a period of
time before it is considered a key press.  This might also be teamed
with "Mouse Keys" which is the enablement of the number-pad to
function as mouse input.  Since it is still...