Visual expander

  • US 7,760,187 B2
  • Filed: 08/26/2004
  • Issued: 07/20/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/30/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • at a computing device with a touchscreen display;

    presenting graphical information on the touchscreen display;

    detecting a finger touch at a location on the touchscreen display, the finger touch comprising a first contact area on the touch screen display, wherein the first contact area has a size;

    in response to detecting the finger touch, expanding a localized area of the graphical information on the touchscreen display to a first fixed size, wherein;

    the expanded localized area is proximate the location of the finger touch,the expanded localized area includes a plateau region that displays a magnified portion of the graphical information at a constant magnification level, andexpanding the localized area of the graphical information on the touchscreen display to the first fixed size occurs at a speed based on the size of the first contact area; and

    ,while continuing to detect the finger touch on the touchscreen display;

    detecting a movement of the finger touch over the touchscreen display; and

    ,in response to detecting the movement, continuously changing a respective location of the expanded localized area to follow the movement of the finger touch.

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