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A Method of Scrolling Position Assistant

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000233943D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-03
Document File: 4 page(s) / 73K

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Abstract

Electronic devices provide scrolling functions while people reading electronic documents. However, the scrolling may be so fast to make that user loses the exact position where they are reading. In order to continue reading, then they have to scan from the beginning of current page, screen and find the exact position they stopped before scrolling, and continue reading. It is inconvenient, boring, and slows down the reading speed. Base on the reading habit of human, we introduce a new facility function that can assist (adding special marks) to let user easy to find the last position they were looking at.

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A Method of Scrolling Position Assistant

Electronic devices provide scrolling functions while people reading electronic documents. User can control the program scroll forward, backward or to other directions. However, the scrolling may be so fast to make that user loses the exact position where they are reading. In order to continue reading, then they have to scan from the beginning of current page, screen and find the exact position they stopped before scrolling, and continue reading. It is inconvenient, boring, and slows down the reading speed.

According to reading habit of human, people are used to reading all stuff of the current screen, then start scrolling.

Therefore, we introduce a new facility function that can assist (adding special marks) to let user easy to find the last position they were looking at.

We use scrolling downward as the sample to describe the situation and method. There are three cases while a scrolling happens (page up and page down is also can be considered as a kind of fixed distance scrolling). For easy description, we call the last line the user read as LAST LINE, the new line user will read after scrolling as TARGET LINE.

Case 1
Both the LAST LINE and TARGET LINE are displayed in the new page after the scrolling. The user needs to locate where the TARGET LINE is. Usually, he or she has to skip from the beginning to the LAST LINE, and then he or she knows where the TARGET LINE is.

Case 2
The LAST LINE is just moved out of the new page, the TARGET LINE shows on the edge of the new page. The user is difficult to make sure the first line is the TARGET LINE unless scrolling back a little.

Case 3
Both the LAST LINE and TARGET LINE are moved out of the new page. The user must scroll back.

As a result, we can simply use two different marks to help reader identify the LAST LINE and TARGET LINE. They can be...