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Method to advance cursor to last typo or last auto-corrected word Disclosure Number: IPCOM000220602D
Publication Date: 2012-Aug-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Disclosed is a method that allows a user to return to a place in a document where they made a typographical error (typo) without having to use the mouse or backspace through (i.e., delete) a number of words. By pressing either a distinct key located on the keyboard or a combination of keys, the user can move the cursor to the closest typo or the closest word that was incorrectly auto-corrected. After making the correction, the user presses the same key or key sequence to return to the cursor to the previous location in the body of text.

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Method to advance cursor to last typo or last auto -corrected word

While typing, if a user notices an error made in a previous line or section, they usually return to the section of the text to make the change in one of two ways:

• Take one hand off the keyboard and use the mouse to navigate to the error

• Use the backspace key to navigate through the lines, deleting correct typing in the process, which they must then retype

Both of these methods are inefficient and slow progress.

Users need the ability to move the cursor to the location of the last typographical error (typo) or last word that was incorrectly auto-corrected to enable fast editing and returning to the end of the document with minimum interruption to productivity.

While there are similar concepts out there including Jeff Raskin's "Leap" key [1], this solution is not meant to search through a document. The solution is designed to move the cursor from the current position to the last previous typo or autocorrected word. This allows the typist to gain efficiency by not deleting what has been typed since the mistake or needing to move their hands off the keyboard.

A similar solution references a multi-backspace key system. [2] However, it appears that users still need to press keys repeatedly to get the cursor into the proper position, instead of just pressing a button once and moving the cursor. It does not suggest a way to return the cursor to the place where it was prior to moving back.

The sol...