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Mouse-Assisted Alignment and Scrolling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000058078D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Garrison, JR Gentry, AV Hoffman, VM Mayfield, VA [+details]

Abstract

A method is described to provide an efficient and flexible method of using a mouse to position the text cursor. Traditionally, the text cursor is moved to different locations in the editing document via the cursor movement keys. Movement is handled as a series of separate vertical and horizontal increments. With the addition of mouse support in DisplayWrite 4*, the user is provided with a more expedient method of achieving cursor movement. The method establishes a state in which the text cursor is always aligned to the mouse cursor position. The system enters this environment when button 1 on the mouse is pressed down. As long as button 1 is held down, the text cursor position is set to that of the mouse cursor. This gives the user two techniques for positioning the text cursor.