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Automatically hiding controls

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Automatically hiding controls


Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for automatically hiding controls. In one aspect, a method includes displaying at least a portion of a content region of a user interface and at least a portion of a control region of the user interface, wherein the control region is peripheral to the content region; and determining that the portion of the control region of the user interface has been displayed for a predetermined period of time, then automatically removing the portion of the control region from display.
Related Terms: User Interface Computer Program

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Inventor: Jean Baptiste Maurice Queru
USPTO Applicaton #: #20130014050 - Class: 715784 (USPTO) - 01/10/13 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >On-screen Workspace Or Object >Window Or Viewpoint >Window Scrolling

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130014050, Automatically hiding controls.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/216,466, filed Aug. 24, 2011, titled “AUTOMATICALLY HIDING CONTROLS,” which claims priority from U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/451,879, titled “AUTOMATICALLY HIDING CONTROLS,” filed Mar. 11, 2011. The entire contents of the prior applications are hereby incorporated by reference.

BACKGROUND

User interfaces may include content regions that display content, and control regions that display controls. For example, an email application may have a user interface that includes a content region that displays the content of an email, as well as a control region that includes reply, forward, and delete buttons. A web browser may display the content of a web page in a content region, and may display, in a control region, a navigation bar for allowing the user to navigate web pages or to determine information about a particular web page.

Applications typically display controls adjacent to content. When a user interface includes a large number of controls, the display of one or more control regions may overwhelm the small screen of a mobile device. To overcome this problem, traditional mobile device applications require the user of the mobile device to interact with the mobile device application before controls are shown. This approach, however, requires the user to be aware that the control region exists. Furthermore, once the control region is displayed, the small screen of a mobile device may become, and may remain, similarly overwhelmed.

SUMMARY

According to one general implementation, a control window or region, such as a region of a user interface that includes a toolbar, is displayed for a limited amount of time, then is automatically hidden to allow a larger portion of a content region to be displayed. By initially displaying the control region, the user is made aware of the existence of the controls, while eventually allowing a greater portion of a display to be used to display content. The user may, but is not required to, manually remove the control region from the display.

In general, another aspect of the subject matter described in this specification may be embodied in methods that include the actions of providing a control region for display adjacent to a content region, and determining that the control region has been displayed for a predetermined period of time. The process also includes removing the control region from display in response to determining that the control region has been displayed for the predetermined period of time.

In general, another aspect of the subject matter described in this specification may be embodied in methods that include the actions of displaying a content region, receiving a flinging gesture on the content region, and displaying a control region above or below the content region, in response to receiving the flinging gesture. The actions also include detecting a timer trigger event, and automatically hide the control region based detecting the timer trigger event.

In general, another aspect of the subject matter described in this specification may be embodied in methods that include the action of displaying at least a portion of a content region of a user interface and at least a portion of a control region of the user interface, where the control region is peripheral to the content region. The method also includes determining that the portion of the control region of the user interface has been displayed for a predetermined period of time, then automatically removing the portion of the control region from display.

Other embodiments of these aspects include corresponding systems, apparatus, and computer programs, configured to perform the actions of the methods, encoded on computer storage devices.

These and other embodiments may each optionally include one or more of the following features. For instance, the actions include receiving a user input through the user interface, the portion of a content region and the portion of the control region are simultaneously displayed in response to receiving the user input; the user input is a flinging gesture initiated in the content region of the user interface; automatically removing the portion of the control region from display includes displaying a same or different portion of the content region only; automatically removing the portion of the control region includes scrolling the portion of the control region from display; and/or the actions include receiving a user input through the user interface after removing the portion of the control region from display, then displaying a same or different portion of the control region.

In some instances, determining that the portion of the control region has been displayed for a predetermined period of time includes determining when any portion of the control region has been displayed, then starting a timer, and determining when the timer indicates that the predetermined period of time has elapsed; the control region is disposed adjacent to, and above or below the content region; and/or the actions include determining that a flinging gesture input by the user through the user interface has caused or will cause the user interface to scroll past an edge of the content region, where the portion of a content region and the portion of the control region are simultaneously displayed in response to determining that the flinging gesture has caused or will cause the user interface to scroll past an edge of the content region.

In some instances, the actions include receiving a user input, and determining that the user input will cause only a portion of the control region of the interface to be displayed, where simultaneously displaying at least a portion of a content region of a user interface and at least a portion of a control region of the user interface further includes simultaneously displaying the portion of the content region and all of the control region based on determining that the user input will cause only a portion of the control region to be displayed; the portion of the control region includes at least a portion of a title bar, a menu bar, a tool bar, an address bar, a status bar, and/or a progress bar; and/or the user interface includes a web browser user interface, or an email application user interface.

The details of one or more embodiments of the subject matter described in this specification are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other potential features, aspects, and advantages of the subject matter will become apparent from the description, the drawings, and the claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIGS. 1 and 2 are diagrams of example systems that may be used for displaying user interfaces.

FIG. 3 is a flowchart of an example process for automatically hiding controls.

FIG. 4 illustrates the removing of a control region from an example user interface.

FIG. 5 illustrates the displaying of a control region on an example user interface.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130014050 A1
Publish Date
01/10/2013
Document #
13249648
File Date
09/30/2011
USPTO Class
715784
Other USPTO Classes
715781
International Class
06F3/048
Drawings
6


User Interface
Computer Program


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