Original Publication Date: 2004-May-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-03
The biggest problem with using the common "middle button" implementation (i.e. an anchor and pull method using the middle mouse button) is that it is difficult to gauge how far to draw the mouse away from the anchor in order to obtain the desired scrolling speed. This invention solves this problem. Currently, the user is forced to basically guess at a speed by pulling and modulating the distance from the anchor point in order to get a feel for the scroll speeds provided. This often causes the user to accidentally overshoot their target while scrolling and will always get the user to their target at a sub-optimal speed.
By providing a scaled meter along with the anchor graphic that is displayed when the typical "middle mouse" scroll mechanism is used, the user is provided a guide for how far they need to pull the mouse in the various directions in order to induce an increase or decrease in scrolling speed.