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Object selection method by dynamically changing units of selection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015942D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a solution for an object selection method for a software application. In a traditional software application, the common way for object selection using a mouse requires deciding the starting and ending points and placing the mouse pointer at both points correctly. It is a difficult and awkward operation to find the ending point and position the mouse pointer precisely on it. Sometimes users can not select the right range and have to repeat the selection operation several times to specify the right point. For example, a user may want to select three or more pages, but it's difficult to stop the mouse pointer at the appropriate position because the page scrolling is too fast or the drag operation is too long.