Original Publication Date: 1993-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Bates, CL: AUTHOR [+1]
Disclosed is a method for dragging and dropping user-interface objects or activating user interface switches or buttons in which the user does not need to press any buttons.
a method for dragging and dropping user-interface
objects or activating user interface switches or buttons in which the
user does not need to press any buttons.
mechanism is a small section of screen which will sense
the presence of a pointing device. If a pointing device remains
over this section for a preset amount of time, this mechanism will be
activated. For example, if the button that is used to iconize
windows is made to utilize this mechanism, and the preset time for it
is two seconds, the user will simply position the pointer over this
button and hold it there for two seconds. When the two seconds pass,
the window will be iconized, and the mechanism deactivated.
mechanism also implements handles. For
example, the title
bar of the window can utilize this mechanism for moving the window.
The user holds the pointer on the title bar and after the preset
amount of time the mechanism will be activated. The title bar will
then "latch onto" the pointer and allow the user to move the window
to a different location on the screen. To deactivate the mechanism
the user will hold the pointer in one location for another preset
amount of time. The mechanism will sense this and deactivate itself,
thus, completing the move operation.