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System and method for telescopic hover opportunities and progressive information disclosure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132006D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Nov-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 213K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The invention provides hypergraphical links using "hot spots" in hovering graphics in Web-based markup languages. When a user positions an input device over a hot spot within a hovering graphic, an adjoining hovering graphic or textual hover pop is displayed or a command such as an instruction to run an application or multimedia clip is executed. The linked-to hovering graphic might provide a "peek" at a file without actually opening that file. A hovering graphic or hover pop closes when the input device is no longer positioned over it.

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System and method for telescopic hover opportunities and progressive information disclosure

The invention enables users to access desired information more quickly without requiring input such as mouse clicks. At this time, users commonly navigate Web-based pages displayed in a Web browser by reading text, selecting a link, reading the linked-to file and, if the file doesn't have what the user wants, clicking Back and then selecting a different link. The invention provides graphical representations of concepts through mouse positioning, thus helping users navigate information without requiring a successful succession of clicks to get to the information required. The invention provides a graphical concept quickly with links to more information. Current pop-ups are either just textual or graphical, but do not contain multiple links within the pop-ups.

The invention provides hypergraphical links using "hot spots" in hovering graphics in Web-based markup languages that are used for Web-based information presentations.. When a user positions an input device over a hot spot within a hovering graphic, an adjoining hovering graphic or textual hover pop is displayed or a command such as an instruction to run an application or multimedia clip is executed. The linked-to hovering graphic might provide a "peek" at a file without actually opening that file. A hovering graphic or hover pop closes when the input device is no longer positioned over it.

The first image shows a hove...