Single-Cursor User Interface
Original Publication Date: 1985-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
By providing a single cursor with last typing location memory for all applications, a more consistent user interface is offered to a user. In the windowing environment, the two types of input are keyed and selected. These input types are handled by either providing two different cursors, or by having a single cursor for both types. Two cursors can be confusing and annoying. One cursor can be cumbersome, requiring extra keystrokes to switch the cursor mode from selection to typing and vice versa. A solution to this problem is to provide a single cursor and a "memory" of the last typing location. When typing resumes, the cursor will be caused to automatically return to the last typing location.