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Thursday, December 09, 2004

No Mouse Wheel? Use a Virtual Scroll Ring
It's easy to scroll up and down a large document if you have a mouse with a wheel. But many laptop users, tablet PC owners and people with touchscreens are out of luck. In this article, Technology Research News tells us that this era is over.

Computer scientists at Brown University have developed a software simulation of the mouse wheel. A transparent ring appears on your screen. Touch it, move your finger clockwise, and the text will move down. And of course, counterclockwise motion scrolls up. According to their study, users actually preferred this virtual scroll ring to a mouse wheel, because it's faster and the scrolling continuous.

This method can be implemented in any software as of today, so keep an eye around. This overview contains more details, references and a screenshot of the virtual scroll ring.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 10:20 AM Comments (0)
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