AUTOMATIC POPUPS ON HANDHELD COMMUNICATION DEVICES
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-10
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AbstractInnovative use of popups to automatically display context sensitive information in a display-area constrained mobile environment
AUTOMATIC POPUPS ON HANDHELD COMMUNICATION DEVICES Innovative use of popups to automatically display context sensitive information in a display-area constrained mobile environment
Mobile devices typically have limited display size and can't dedicate screen space to seldom used information. The immediate problem to be solved by this invention is how to show the transmission times of each message in an IM conversation.
The message transmission times are usually not displayed. If the user rolls the cursor up into the message area and stops rolling the trackwheel for a second or so, a tiny popup window will show the transmission time in a small area above the message itself. The message will automatically disappear after three seconds and will be dismissed if the user rolls the trackwheel or clicks a key.
To date, there are no other similar solutions on mobile devices. This solution is obviously similar to MS Windows menu tips feature. It differs in that menu tips are solely used for help and explanation of what geographical items are for. This solution can be used to display extra information about whatever item is under the cursor on the current screen.