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The mechanism of scrolling menu or list circularly by moving the scroll button without cursor movement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000181810D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Apr-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Apr-14
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Circular Menus

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The mechanism of scrolling menu or list circularly by moving the scroll button without cursor movement

In a Graphical system, more and more applications have longer and longer menus or selection lists. It's not convenient to select one item from them especially for those items which are at the end of the menu or list.

    Further, the display area on which the computer mouse (or other visual representation of placement within the display area) is placed, is too small to move mouse around on it. Users have to move the mouse again and again to move cursor to one place from the screen to another place. It's not convenient., and especially inconvenient for people of restricted mobility. Use of Scroll Bars or Page Up/Down operations are used to navigate menus which occur in this restricted space environment - which only adds to the inconvenience.

    It is proposed that a circular menu structure - with menu items appearing as on the face of a rotating cylinder - reduces the complexity in such a constrained display environment. A separator element is added to the menu items to show when the list is starting again. It is also envisaged that the speed of rotation of the menus items can vary depending upon the time the rotation is active.