System and method for scrolling among categories in a list of documents

  • US 7,908,566 B2
  • Filed: 12/29/2003
  • Issued: 03/15/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/29/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for presenting categories of related items to a user via a display, the display presented using a display device and having a plurality of display lines, the method comprising:

  • presenting at least a portion of a list, the list comprising;

    a plurality of related items separated into different categories, the related items for each of the different categories being consecutively grouped together; and

    a plurality of category separators, each category separator (i) pertaining to and positioned in the list adjacent to one of the categories of consecutively-grouped related items and (ii) having a separate displayed area when presented;

    providing a separate scroll mechanism positioned inside the displayed area of each corresponding presented category separator that is configured for automatically scrolling directly, via a single user-action, to another category separator that pertains to another category of consecutively-grouped related items; and

    in response to user-selection of a presented scroll mechanism, automatically scrolling directly to another category separator such that the another category separator is displayed on the same display line where the presented category separator associated with the user-selected scroll mechanism was previously displayed.

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