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Method to simplify keyboard navigation on User Interfaces by showing previous and next focusable elements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239145D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a user interface (UI) feature that, when a user object (e.g., buttons, links, radio buttons, etc.) is highlighted with the keyboard focus indicator, also highlights the previous and next focusable elements. This allows the user to see at any time the objects behind and ahead of the current position in the screen.

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Method to simplify keyboard navigation on User Interfaces by showing previous and next focusable elements
People with particular physical disabilities cannot use the mouse to navigate through computer applications, exclusively using the keyboard. However, current keyboard navigation using the Tab function might be difficult to use because there is not a visible way to identify which is the next or previous element after clicking on Tab/Shift Tab.

Some assistive technologies can be used to improve keyboard navigation and show which element in the User Interface has the focus indicator; however, these tools are not able to show the previous and next focusable elements.

Screen readers can be used to see lists of all the focusable elements such as all the buttons , all the titles, etc. This does not provide a visible navigation feature to enable users to determine the next and previous elements on the user interface (UI).

The novel contribution is a UI feature that, when a user object(e.g., buttons, links, radio buttons, etc.) is highlighted with the keyboard focus indicator, also highlights the previous and next focusable elements. This allows the user to see at any time the objects behind and ahead of the current position in the screen.

The feature includes setup and execution process phases.

Setup:

  1. User preferences: the highlight format/style, intensity, color, and transparency 2. Number of hints: the number of previous/next elements that the feature highlights...