Time-based, non-constant translation of user interface objects between states

  • US 7,362,331 B2
  • Filed: 01/05/2001
  • Issued: 04/22/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/05/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for moving an object in a graphical user interface, comprising the steps of:

  • a) determining a path of movement for the object along at least one axis, and a period of time for the movement along said path;

    b) establishing a non-constant velocity function along said axis for said period of time;

    c) calculating an instantaneous position for the object along said path in accordance with said function and the relationship of a current time value to said period of time;

    d) displaying said object at said calculated position; and

    e) iteratively repeating steps (c) and (d) during said period of time.

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