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Content-Dependent Method for Global Cursor Movement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039916D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Freiman, CV [+details]

Abstract

This article describes content-dependent global cursor movement using target indications. Products exist which position a cursor based on contents. In one such system, if the user strokes "t", for example, the cursor moves to the first word beginning with "t". A tab key may then be used to move to subsequent words beginning with "t". This article proposes the use of contents in a different manner. The basic idea will be illustrated in a word processing application but applies to graphic, image and mixed applications as well. The following scenario is an illustration. A user has drafted a letter, as shown in Fig. 1. (Image Omitted) To rapidly move the cursor, the user depresses an "array" key which causes an array of possible cursor targets to be superimposed, as shown in Fig. 2.