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System for a text speller

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System for a text speller


An apparatus may generate a text entry with a user interface. The apparatus may include a display, a user input device, a memory and a processor. The apparatus may display single character user input controls and multi-character user input controls on the display. Each of the single character user input controls and the multi-character user input controls may be buttons selectable with the user input device. A single character user input control may correspond to a single character and a multi-character user input control may correspond to a group of characters. The apparatus may display one of the multi-character user input controls in a display region and other user input controls outside of the display region. If the multi-character user input control is selected, the apparatus may replace the multi-character user input control with a second set of single character user input controls in an expanded display region.
Related Terms: User Interface Buttons Characters Input Device User Input

USPTO Applicaton #: #20130031505 - Class: 715780 (USPTO) - 01/31/13 - 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 >Entry Field (e.g., Text Entry Field)

Inventors: Jeffrey A. Millington

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130031505, System for a text speller.

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PRIORITY CLAIM

This application is a divisional application of, and claims priority under 35 U.S.C. §120 to, U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/131,682, “SYSTEM FOR A TEXT SPELLER” filed Jun. 2, 2008, the entire contents of which are incorporated by reference, which claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/980,117, filed Oct. 15, 2007, the entire contents of which is incorporated by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Technical Field

This invention relates generally to user interfaces and, more particularly, to a text speller in a user interface such as in a vehicle navigation system.

2. Related Art

Most electronic systems and devices include a user interface to not only provide information to users of these systems, but also to receive user commands and other inputs to such systems. Such user interfaces can include a display screen in combination with one or more user input devices, such as buttons, knobs, or joysticks. User input devices may also include touch screen display capability, cursor control devices such as a mouse, microphones and voice responsiveness capability, and other mechanisms and systems that provide a communication path to exchange data between users and such systems. Examples of such electronic devices and systems include stationary devices such as automated teller bank machines and airline flight check in kiosks, and mobile devices such as PDAs (personal digital assistants), mobile phones, and vehicle passenger entertainment systems. Vehicle entertainment systems can include audio systems, mobile communication systems and vehicle navigation systems, for example.

SUMMARY

An apparatus may generate a text entry with a user interface. The apparatus may include a display, a user input device, a memory and a processor. The apparatus may display user input controls on the display. The user input controls may include single character user input controls and multi-character user input controls. The single character user input controls and the multi-character user input controls may be buttons selectable with the user input device. A single character user input control may correspond to a single character and a multi-character user input control may correspond to a group of characters. The apparatus may display one of the multi-character user input controls in a display region and other user input controls in other display regions. If the multi-character user input control is selected, the apparatus may replace the multi-character user input control with a set of single character user input controls in an expanded display region. The expanded display region may include the display region. If a single character user input control is selected, a character corresponding to the selected single character user input control is added to a text entry.

An interesting feature of one example of the apparatus simplifies entering of information by tracking recent entries based on a speller type. The speller type may be an indication of the type of information that the apparatus is to obtain from a user. Examples of speller types may include a city type, a state type, a street address type, and a person\'s name type. The apparatus may progressively narrow the list of recent entries of that speller type as the user enters new characters with the apparatus.

A method of displaying user input controls may operate by displaying at least one of the user input controls in separate display regions. Each of the display regions may correspond to a character group formed from selectable characters. The user input controls may include a multi-character user input control, which is displayed in one of the display regions. If a user selects the multi-character user input control, the operation may continue by displaying single character user input controls in the display region instead of the multi-character user input control. Displaying the single character user input controls may include resizing the display region and shifting the position of at least one of the other display regions in order to accommodate the resized display region.

If the user selects one of the single character user input controls, the operation continues by adding a character that corresponds to the selected single character user input control to a text entry. The operation may include displaying a visual indication on the multi-character input control that indicates what characters are included in a group of characters corresponding to the multi-character user input control.

Other systems, methods, features and advantages will be, or will become, apparent to one with skill in the art upon examination of the following figures and detailed description. It is intended that all such additional systems, methods, features and advantages be included within this description, be within the scope of the invention, and be protected by the following claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The system may be better understood with reference to the following drawings and description. The components in the figures are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the invention.

FIG. 1 illustrates an example of an apparatus that includes a text speller module.

FIG. 2 illustrates an example of an audio system, such as an audio system in a vehicle that includes the text speller module.

FIG. 3 illustrates an example of the text speller module in interaction with other code modules in a system.

FIG. 4 illustrates an example display screen of an example first user interface generated with the text speller module of FIGS. 1-3.

FIG. 5 illustrates an example display screen of an example second user interface generated with the text speller module of FIGS. 1-3.

FIG. 6 illustrates an example display screen of an example user interface that permits entry of numbers.

FIG. 7 illustrates an example display screen of an example third user interface generated with the text speller module of FIGS. 1-3.

FIG. 8 illustrates an example display screen of an example fourth user interface generated with the text speller module of FIGS. 1-3.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130031505 A1
Publish Date
01/31/2013
Document #
13644863
File Date
10/04/2012
USPTO Class
715780
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F3/048
Drawings
14


User Interface
Buttons
Characters
Input Device
User Input


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