Methods and arrangements for interacting with controllable objects within a graphical user interface environment using various input mechanisms

  • US 6,704,032 B1
  • Filed: 10/27/2000
  • Issued: 03/09/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/27/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for interfacing multiple different user input hardware arrangements with virtual object-based graphical user interface logic, the method comprising:

  • generating a displayable form within a graphical user interface, the displayable form including at least one controllable virtual user-input object;

    establishing a set of key events, wherein at least a portion of the key events can be operatively associated with a plurality of different types of non-virtual user input mechanisms;

    receiving user input via at least one non-virtual user input mechanism selected from the plurality of different types of non-virtual user input mechanisms;

    establishing a behavior model for the displayable form; and

    determining when an operational change associated with the controllable virtual user-input object is required based at least on the behavior model and the received user input and when appropriate causing the operational chance to occur such that the virtual user-input controllable object is graphically altered in appearance and associated controlled logic functionality is modified accordingly.

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