Automatic Word Selection for Mouse Lookup
Original Publication Date: 2000-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
A program is disclosed that when a word is selected by placing the mouse cursor over the word, after some time interval the selection automatically moves to the next word without user interaction. Mouse lookup is a graphical user interface (GUI) for selecting a word to be translated by a dictionary search program. When the mouse cursor is placed over a word, the word is selected and a translation of that word is displayed in a popup window. The problem with this GUI is that the user must place the mouse cursor over to a new word everytime to get the word selected, since only one word can be selected at a time. For example, consider the following sentence, "Mouse lookup is a graphical user interface". To select and get the translations for the words, "graphical" and "user", the user must first move the mouse cursor over to "graphical" and then to "user". This invention overcomes this problem by automatically selecting the next word without user interaction. When the mouse cursor is placed over the first word, after some time interval the selection automatically moves to the next word. Consider the "Mouse lookup" example again. When "graphical" is selected, after some time interval, the word selection automatically moves to "user".