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Interface Providing for 4-Way Scrolling Using a Single Scrollbar in Graphical User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123963D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Allen, JD: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a universal graphical user interface 4-way scrollbar that allows users to scroll through computer data portions, pages, or screens in either the horizontal or vertical directions using a single scrollbar. This scrollbar can be added to existing graphical user interface-based operating systems/environments and/or web browsers. The scrollbar is designed similar to the diagrams.

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Interface Providing for 4-Way Scrolling Using a Single Scrollbar
in Graphical User Interface

   Disclosed is a universal graphical user interface 4-way
scrollbar that allows users to scroll through computer data
portions, pages, or screens in either the horizontal or vertical
directions using a single scrollbar.  This scrollbar can be added to
existing graphical user interface-based operating
systems/environments and/or web browsers.  The scrollbar is designed
similar to the diagrams.

   The (switch) is used to change the operation of the
scrollbar between horizontal and vertical scrolling modes of
operation - that is, when the switch is pressed, if vertical arrows
appear on the ends of the scrollbar, then horizontal arrows will
appear on the ends of the scrollbar.  The horizontal arrows and
scroll/thumb tab can be used to navigate through the data - and the
orientation (horizontal or vertical) of scrollbar should not change
from its original state.  If the switch is pressed again, vertical
arrows will replace the horizontal arrows.  The scrollbar will remain
in its original orientation as specified by the application using it.
How the switch looks on the scrollbar in terms of a pictorial
representation is left up to the implementor of this type of
scrollbar.  The scrolltab is repositioned as if it were being
positioned on a "normal" scrollbar, with its size changing relative
to the amount of data that could be scrolled through, and with its
position changing relat...