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Moving and Scrolling Screen Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038821D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Clowes, T Lewis, BA Silverwood, EA [+details]

Abstract

This article describes a technique for simplifying the positioning of screen windows or scrolling inside a window. This is of particular importance for user interfaces that depend on keyboard control of a pointer. The user selects a point on the window to be moved, or a point inside the screen window to be scrolled, and then positions the cursor at the point to where the selected point is to be moved. In a windowing environment, the user may require to alter the position of the window. To do this using the least number of keystrokes, the user may, having specified the 'move' option, select any point on or in the window. (Generally the current position of the cursor is suitable.) Then the user chooses the point on the screen to which he wants the 'selected' point moved.