US20140250394A1 - User interface for document table of contents - Google Patents

User interface for document table of contents Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20140250394A1
US20140250394A1 US14/278,213 US201414278213A US2014250394A1 US 20140250394 A1 US20140250394 A1 US 20140250394A1 US 201414278213 A US201414278213 A US 201414278213A US 2014250394 A1 US2014250394 A1 US 2014250394A1
Authority
US
United States
Prior art keywords
representation
contents
content
user
representations
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Abandoned
Application number
US14/278,213
Inventor
Chris Han
Nathan Dunlap
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC
Original Assignee
Microsoft Corp
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Priority to US11/803,467 priority Critical patent/US8739073B2/en
Application filed by Microsoft Corp filed Critical Microsoft Corp
Priority to US14/278,213 priority patent/US20140250394A1/en
Assigned to MICROSOFT CORPORATION reassignment MICROSOFT CORPORATION ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST (SEE DOCUMENT FOR DETAILS). Assignors: DUNLAP, NATHAN, HAN, CHRIS
Publication of US20140250394A1 publication Critical patent/US20140250394A1/en
Assigned to MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC reassignment MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST (SEE DOCUMENT FOR DETAILS). Assignors: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
Assigned to MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC reassignment MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST (SEE DOCUMENT FOR DETAILS). Assignors: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
Abandoned legal-status Critical Current

Links

Images

Classifications

    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F3/00Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
    • G06F3/01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
    • G06F3/048Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
    • G06F3/0481Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance
    • G06F3/0482Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F3/00Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
    • G06F3/01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
    • G06F3/048Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F3/00Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
    • G06F3/01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
    • G06F3/048Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
    • G06F3/0481Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F3/00Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
    • G06F3/01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
    • G06F3/048Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
    • G06F3/0481Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance
    • G06F3/0483Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with page-structured environments, e.g. book metaphor
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F3/00Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
    • G06F3/01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
    • G06F3/048Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
    • G06F3/0484Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
    • G06F3/04845Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range for image manipulation, e.g. dragging, rotation
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F3/00Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
    • G06F3/01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
    • G06F3/048Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
    • G06F3/0484Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
    • G06F3/0485Scrolling or panning
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F9/00Arrangements for program control, e.g. control units
    • G06F9/06Arrangements for program control, e.g. control units using stored programs, i.e. using an internal store of processing equipment to receive or retain programs
    • G06F9/44Arrangements for executing specific programs
    • G06F9/451Execution arrangements for user interfaces
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F40/00Handling natural language data
    • G06F40/10Text processing
    • G06F40/103Formatting, i.e. changing of presentation of documents
    • G06F40/106Display of layout of documents; Previewing
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
    • Y10STECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y10S345/00Computer graphics processing and selective visual display systems
    • Y10S345/901Electronic book with display

Abstract

Various technologies and techniques are disclosed for providing a table of contents for a document viewer application. A document viewer application is provided that can display a document that has multiple pages of content. Upon receiving a selection from the user to access a table of contents for the document, a table of contents is displayed that contains a representation of at least some of the pages of content in a manner that is overlaid on top of a current position in the document. A navigation feature allows a user to navigate through the table of contents while retaining the current position in the document. A preview size adjustment feature allows the user to adjust a size of the representation of the pages of content for the document.

Description

    BACKGROUND
  • Various types of programs allow a user to view documents. For example, word processing documents can be viewed using supported word processors, such as MICROSOFT® Word or Corel Word Perfect. Other types of documents can be viewed in viewer applications such as Adobe Acrobat, or MICROSOFT® Reader. Such document viewers and/or editors typically have a table of contents feature that allow the user to access the contents of the document from within a different part of the document. One common approach is to list a table of contents at the beginning of the document. Another approach that is sometimes used is to list the table of contents in a separate panel, such as on the left hand side of the screen, to allow the user to view and navigate the document in parallel with reading the document. Yet another approach that is sometimes used is to display thumbnails of all of the content in the document in a separate panel, such as on the left hand side of the screen, to allow the user to view and navigate the document in parallel with reading the document.
  • SUMMARY
  • Various technologies and techniques are disclosed for providing a table of contents for a document viewer application. A document viewer application is provided that can display a document that has multiple pages of content. Upon receiving a selection from the user to access a table of contents for the document, a table of contents is displayed that contains a representation of at least some of the pages of content in a manner that is overlaid on top of a current position in the document. In one implementation, only some of the pages of content are displayed in the table of contents.
  • A navigation feature allows a user to navigate through the table of contents while retaining the current position in the document. In one implementation, an animation is provided to indicate how quickly the user is navigating through the table of contents. A preview size adjustment feature allows the user to adjust a size of the representation of the pages of content for the document.
  • This Summary was provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic view of a computer system of one implementation.
  • FIG. 2 is a diagrammatic view of a document viewer application of one implementation operating on the computer system of FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 3 is a high-level process flow diagram for one implementation of the system of FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 4 is a process flow diagram for one implementation of the system of FIG. 1 illustrating the stages involved in generating the representations that are displayed in the table of contents.
  • FIG. 5 is a process flow diagram for one implementation of the system of FIG. 1 illustrating the stages involved in generating the table of contents containing just a portion of each chapter/section of the document.
  • FIG. 6 shows a simulated screen 400 of one implementation that illustrates a document viewer application with options for displaying the table of contents.
  • FIG. 7 shows a simulated screen of one implementation that illustrates displaying the table of contents in a thumbnail fashion over the current position of the content displayed in the open document.
  • FIG. 8 shows a simulated screen of one implementation that illustrates the use of a scrolling/navigation feature that allows a user to navigate through the table of contents.
  • FIG. 9 shows a simulated screen of one implementation that illustrates using a preview size adjustment feature to adjust a preview size of the representations in the table of contents to a smallest available size.
  • FIG. 10 shows a simulated screen of one implementation that illustrates using a preview size adjustment feature to adjust a preview size of the representations in the table of contents to a largest available size.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • For the purposes of promoting an understanding of the principles of the invention, reference will now be made to the embodiments illustrated in the drawings and specific language will be used to describe the same. It will nevertheless be understood that no limitation of the scope is thereby intended. Any alterations and further modifications in the described embodiments, and any further applications of the principles as described herein are contemplated as would normally occur to one skilled in the art.
  • The system may be described in the general context as a document viewing application, but the system also serves other purposes in addition to these. In one implementation, one or more of the techniques described herein can be implemented as features within a document viewing program such as MICROSOFT® Reader, from a word processing program such as MICROSOFT® Word or Corel Word Perfect, or from any other type of program or service that has features for allowing document contents to be viewed.
  • In one implementation, a document viewing application is provided with a table of contents that is overlaid on top of a current position of the content in the document. The user can navigate the table of contents without losing the current position in the document. Navigation and sizing features provide the user with additional control over how the table of contents is accessed and displayed. In one implementation, only a portion of the content of the document is displayed in the table of contents, such as the beginning of each chapter. In this fashion, the volume of information that a user must view in order to locate a desired section of the document is reduced.
  • As shown in FIG. 1, an exemplary computer system to use for implementing one or more parts of the system includes a computing device, such as computing device 100. In its most basic configuration, computing device 100 typically includes at least one processing unit 102 and memory 104. Depending on the exact configuration and type of computing device, memory 104 may be volatile (such as RAM), non-volatile (such as ROM, flash memory, etc.) or some combination of the two. This most basic configuration is illustrated in FIG. 1 by dashed line 106.
  • Additionally, device 100 may also have additional features/functionality. For example, device 100 may also include additional storage (removable and/or non-removable) including, but not limited to, magnetic or optical disks or tape. Such additional storage is illustrated in FIG. 1 by removable storage 108 and non-removable storage 110. Computer storage media includes volatile and nonvolatile, removable and non-removable media implemented in any method or technology for storage of information such as computer readable instructions, data structures, program modules or other data. Memory 104, removable storage 108 and non-removable storage 110 are all examples of computer storage media. Computer storage media includes, but is not limited to, RAM, ROM, EEPROM, flash memory or other memory technology, CD-ROM, digital versatile disks (DVD) or other optical storage, magnetic cassettes, magnetic tape, magnetic disk storage or other magnetic storage devices, or any other medium which can be used to store the desired information and which can accessed by device 100. Any such computer storage media may be part of device 100.
  • Computing device 100 includes one or more communication connections 114 that allow computing device 100 to communicate with other computers/applications 115. Device 100 may also have input device(s) 112 such as keyboard, mouse, pen, voice input device, touch input device, etc. Output device(s) 111 such as a display, speakers, printer, etc. may also be included. These devices are well known in the art and need not be discussed at length here. In one implementation, computing device 100 includes document viewer application 200. Document viewer application 200 will be described in further detail in FIG. 2.
  • Turning now to FIG. 2 with continued reference to FIG. 1, a document viewer application 200 operating on computing device 100 is illustrated. Document viewer application 200 is one of the application programs that reside on computing device 100. However, it will be understood that document viewer application 200 can alternatively or additionally be embodied as computer-executable instructions on one or more computers and/or in different variations than shown on FIG. 1. Alternatively or additionally, one or more parts of document viewer application 200 can be part of system memory 104, on other computers and/or applications 115, or other such variations as would occur to one in the computer software art.
  • Document viewer application 200 includes program logic 204, which is responsible for carrying out some or all of the techniques described herein. Program logic 204 includes logic for providing a document viewer application that is operable to display a document that contains a plurality of pages of content 206; logic for providing a table of contents feature that displays a table of contents containing a representation (e.g. thumbnail or otherwise) of at least some of the pages of content for the document (e.g. a beginning portion of each chapter or more of the document) in a manner that is overlaid on top of a current position in the document 208; logic for providing a navigation feature that allows a user to navigate through the table of contents while retaining the current position in the document 210; logic for providing a preview size adjustment feature that allows the user to adjust a size of the representation of the pages of content for the document 212; logic for programmatically generating graphical representations of what the underlying content actually looks like for a particular corresponding page of the document and/or for accessing a representation that was supplied by a document author 214; logic for providing an animation when the navigation feature is used in order to provide feedback to the user on how quickly the user is navigating the table of contents 216; and other logic for operating the application 220. In one implementation, program logic 204 is operable to be called programmatically from another program, such as using a single call to a procedure in program logic 204.
  • Turning now to FIGS. 3-5 with continued reference to FIGS. 1-2, the stages for implementing one or more implementations of document viewer application 200 are described in further detail. FIG. 3 is a high level process flow diagram for document viewer application 200. In one form, the process of FIG. 3 is at least partially implemented in the operating logic of computing device 100. The process begins at start point 240 with providing a document viewer application that is operable to display a document that contains a plurality of pages of content (stage 242). A selection is received from a user to access a table of contents for the document (stage 244). A table of contents is displayed that contains a representation (e.g. thumbnail or otherwise) of at least some of the plurality of pages of content in a manner that is overlaid on top of a current position in the document (stage 246). The user can page through each representation within the table of contents drop down or by using some other table of contents navigation means. By overlaying the table of contents over the document, the user can retain the current position in the document while viewing and navigating the table of contents and/or while viewing and navigating the rest of the document (stage 248).
  • As further described in the discussion of FIG. 8, a scrolling/navigation mechanism is provided to allow the user to scroll through or otherwise navigate the table of contents (stage 250), such as with a scrollbar, selection of page up or page down key, tap of a stylus, flick of a finger, etc. The scrolling mechanism optionally includes an animation to visually indicate how quickly the user is scrolling through the table of contents (stage 250). As further described in the discussion of FIGS. 9 and 10, a preview size adjustment feature is provided to allow the user to modify the preview size of the representation of the pages of content that are displayed (stage 252). In one implementation, a feature is also provided to allow the user to select a particular representation of one of the pages in the table of contents to see additional content for the particular page (stage 254). For example, the user could select a particular representation in the table of contents to view that selection in a larger size and/or different area of the screen, or to make that selection the current page. The process ends at end point 256.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates one implementation of the stages involved in generating the representations that are displayed in the table of contents. In one form, the process of FIG. 4 is at least partially implemented in the operating logic of computing device 100. The process begins at start point 270 with receiving a selection from a user to access a table of contents for a particular document (stage 272). The system programmatically generates representations that illustrate what the underlying content actually looks like for a particular corresponding page of the document, and/or retrieves one or more representations of the content supplied by a document author (stage 274). The representations are then displayed in the table of contents in a manner that is overlaid on top of a current position of content in the document (stage 276). The process ends at end point 278.
  • FIG. 5 illustrates one implementation of the stages involved in generating the table of contents containing just a portion of each chapter/section of the document. In one form, the process of FIG. 5 is at least partially implemented in the operating logic of computing device 100. The process begins at start point 290 with receiving a selection from a user to access a table of contents for a particular document (stage 292). A table of contents is generated that includes a representation of just the first page (or other smaller portion) of each chapter/section, thereby reducing a volume of information that the user must view in order to find the desired content (stage 294). The representation can be a static image, live representation, or other type of representation. The table of contents is displayed to the user in a manner that is overlaid on top of a current position in the document (stage 296). In one implementation, the user can continue to browse and navigate the document while the table of contents is overlaid, such as to quickly skim the content to look for a specific piece of content. The process ends at end point 298.
  • Turning now to FIGS. 6-10, simulated screens are shown to illustrate a user interface for document viewer application 200 of one implementation. The same reference numbers will be used to refer to the same elements. These screens can be displayed to users on output device(s) 111. Furthermore, these screens can receive input from users from input device(s) 112.
  • FIG. 6 shows a simulated screen 400 that illustrates one implementation of document viewer application 200 with options for displaying the table of contents. Simulated screen 400 allows a user to select the chapters option 402 or the sections 404 option from the toolbar to display the table of contents. In other implementations, the table of contents feature can be displayed using fewer, additional, and/or other invocation mechanisms. The current position of the content 406 in the open document is displayed in the viewing window. Various document viewing features can be provided, such as a zoom utility 408 for viewing the document at varying percentages.
  • Turning now to FIG. 7, a simulated screen 410 is shown of one implementation that illustrates displaying the table of contents in a thumbnail fashion 412 over the current position of the content 406 displayed in the open document. The thumbnails can be graphical or other representations that were programmatically or otherwise generated as actual representations of the underlying content they represent, and/or can be supplied by the document author or other user.
  • FIG. 8 shows a simulated screen 420 of one implementation that illustrates the use of a scrolling/navigation feature 422 that allows a user to navigate through the table of contents. Upon moving or otherwise using the scrolling/navigation feature 422, the table of contents 424 is adjusted to display additional content that previously would not fit on the screen based on the content representation size. In one implementation, the scrolling/navigation feature 422 is accessed by moving the slider bar across the screen with a mouse selection. Other non-limiting examples for how the scrolling/navigation feature could be accessed include using the page up and/or page down key on the keyboard, tapping a stylus on the screen, flicking a finger, and so on.
  • FIG. 9 shows a simulated screen 430 of one implementation that illustrates using a preview size adjustment feature to adjust a preview size of the representations in the table of contents to a smallest available size 432. Upon adjusting the preview size to the smallest available size 432, the representations in the table of contents 434 are made smaller, thereby making more of them fit in the display area. Similarly, FIG. 10 shows a simulated screen 440 of one implementation that illustrates using the preview size adjustment feature to adjust the preview size of the representations in the table of contents to a largest available size 442. Upon adjusting the preview size to the largest available size 442, the representations in the table of contents 444 are made larger, thereby making fewer of them fit in the display area. Notice how the current position of the content 406 in the open document remains underneath the table of contents in both examples as represented in FIGS. 9 and 10. By overlaying the table of contents over the document in this fashion, the user can maintain their current position in the document while viewing and navigating the table of contents.
  • Although the subject matter has been described in language specific to structural features and/or methodological acts, it is to be understood that the subject matter defined in the appended claims is not necessarily limited to the specific features or acts described above. Rather, the specific features and acts described above are disclosed as example forms of implementing the claims. All equivalents, changes, and modifications that come within the spirit of the implementations as described herein and/or by the following claims are desired to be protected.
  • For example, a person of ordinary skill in the computer software art will recognize that the client and/or server arrangements, user interface screen content, and/or data layouts as described in the examples discussed herein could be organized differently on one or more computers to include fewer or additional options or features than as portrayed in the examples.

Claims (21)

1-20. (canceled)
21. A method for providing a table of contents, comprising:
displaying information that contains a plurality of portions of content;
upon receiving a selection from a user to access a table of contents for the information, displaying a table of contents containing a plurality of thumbnail representations, each thumbnail representation corresponding to a respective portion of the plurality of portions of the content, in a manner that is overlaid on at least some of the information; and
allowing the user to view at least part of the information between a first thumbnail representation of the plurality of thumbnail representations and a second thumbnail representation of the plurality of thumbnail representations while the plurality of thumbnail representations is overlaid on the at least some of the information.
22. The method of claim 21, further comprising:
enabling the user to perform navigation of the table of contents, the navigation including replacing at least one thumbnail representation in the plurality of thumbnail representations with at least one second thumbnail representation.
23. The method of claim 21, further comprising:
allowing the user to view parts of the at least some of the information that are not covered by the table of contents while viewing and navigating the table of contents.
24. The method of claim 21, further comprising:
enabling the user to scroll through the table of contents; and
displaying an indicator that indicates how quickly the user scrolls through the table of contents.
25. The method of claim 21, further comprising:
enabling the user to change a size of thumbnail representations that are included in the plurality of thumbnail representations.
26. The method of claim 21, further comprising:
enabling the user to select a specified thumbnail representation of the plurality of thumbnail representations; and
in response to selection of the specified thumbnail representation, displaying more content from a specified portion of the content, which corresponds to the specified thumbnail representation, than the specified thumbnail representation includes.
27. The method of claim 26, wherein displaying more content from the specified portion of the content comprises:
displaying the more content in a representation that is bigger than the specified thumbnail representation.
28. The method of claim 26, wherein displaying more content from the specified portion of the content comprises:
displaying the more content in a first area of a screen that is different from a second area of the screen in which the specified thumbnail representation is displayed.
29. A computing device having stored computer-executable instructions that when executed by the computing device perform operations, comprising:
displaying information that contains a plurality of portions of content;
upon receiving a selection from a user to access a table of contents for the information, displaying a table of contents containing a plurality of representations, each representation corresponding to a respective portion of the plurality of portions of the content, in a manner that is overlaid on at least some of the information; and
allowing the user to view at least part of the information between a first representation of the plurality of representations and a second representation of the plurality of representations while the plurality of representations is overlaid on the at least some of the information.
30. The computing device of claim 29, wherein the operations further comprise:
enabling the user to perform navigation of the table of contents to replace at least one representation of the plurality of representations with at least one second representation.
31. The computing device of claim 29, wherein the operations further comprise:
allowing the user to view parts of the at least some of the information that are not covered by the table of contents while viewing and navigating the table of contents.
32. The computing device of claim 29, wherein the operations further comprise:
enabling the user to scroll through the table of contents; and
displaying an indicator that indicates how quickly the user scrolls through the table of contents.
33. The computing device of claim 29, wherein the operations further comprise:
enabling the user to change a size of representations that are included in the plurality of representations.
34. The computing device of claim 29, wherein the operations further comprise:
enabling the user to select a specified representation of the plurality of representations; and
displaying more content from a specified portion of the content, which corresponds to the specified representation, than the specified representation includes, in response to the specified representation being selected.
35. The computing device of claim 34, wherein the operation of displaying the more content comprises:
displaying the more content in a designated representation that is bigger than each of the representations in the plurality of representations.
36. The computing device of claim 34, wherein the operation of displaying the more content comprises:
displaying the more content in a first area of a screen that is different from a second area of the screen in which the specified representation is displayed.
37. A computer-readable memory device having computer-executable instructions for causing a computer to perform steps comprising:
display information that contains a plurality of portions of content;
upon receipt of a selection from a user to access a table of contents for the information, display a table of contents containing a plurality of representations, each representation corresponding to a respective portion of the plurality of portions of the content, in a manner that is overlaid on at least some of the information; and
allow the user to view at least part of the information between a first representation of the plurality of representations and a second representation of the plurality of representations while the plurality of representations is overlaid on the at least some of the information.
38. The computer-readable memory device of claim 37, wherein the computer-executable instructions cause the computer to perform the steps further comprising:
allow the user to view parts of the at least some of the information that are not covered by the table of contents while viewing and navigating the table of contents.
39. The computer-readable memory device of claim 37, wherein the computer-executable instructions cause the computer to perform the steps further comprising:
enable the user to select a specified representation of the plurality of representations; and
in response to selection of the specified representation, display more content from a specified portion of the content, which corresponds to the specified representation, than the specified representation includes.
40. The computer-readable memory device of claim 39, wherein the computer-executable instructions cause the computer to display the more content in a designated representation that is bigger than the specified representation.
US14/278,213 2007-05-15 2014-05-15 User interface for document table of contents Abandoned US20140250394A1 (en)

Priority Applications (2)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US11/803,467 US8739073B2 (en) 2007-05-15 2007-05-15 User interface for document table of contents
US14/278,213 US20140250394A1 (en) 2007-05-15 2014-05-15 User interface for document table of contents

Applications Claiming Priority (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US14/278,213 US20140250394A1 (en) 2007-05-15 2014-05-15 User interface for document table of contents

Related Parent Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US11/803,467 Continuation US8739073B2 (en) 2007-05-15 2007-05-15 User interface for document table of contents

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20140250394A1 true US20140250394A1 (en) 2014-09-04

Family

ID=40028789

Family Applications (2)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US11/803,467 Active 2030-03-17 US8739073B2 (en) 2007-05-15 2007-05-15 User interface for document table of contents
US14/278,213 Abandoned US20140250394A1 (en) 2007-05-15 2014-05-15 User interface for document table of contents

Family Applications Before (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US11/803,467 Active 2030-03-17 US8739073B2 (en) 2007-05-15 2007-05-15 User interface for document table of contents

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (2) US8739073B2 (en)

Cited By (7)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20140109012A1 (en) * 2012-10-16 2014-04-17 Microsoft Corporation Thumbnail and document map based navigation in a document
USD746852S1 (en) * 2013-11-15 2016-01-05 Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited Portion of a display screen with animated graphical user interface
US9256352B2 (en) 2011-07-26 2016-02-09 Zte Corporation Touch screen terminal and method for locating electronic document thereof
USD757770S1 (en) * 2013-08-30 2016-05-31 Samsung Electronics Co. Display screen or portion thereof with graphical user interface
USD766258S1 (en) * 2013-12-31 2016-09-13 Beijing Qinhoo Technology Co. Ltd Display screen with a graphical user interface
US9448984B2 (en) 2011-07-26 2016-09-20 Zte Corporation Keyboard type terminal and location method for electronic document therein
US10977428B2 (en) 2015-06-29 2021-04-13 Microsoft Technology Licensing, Llc Content transformations

Families Citing this family (22)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
TWI366130B (en) * 2008-10-17 2012-06-11 Htc Corp Method for adjusting page displaying manner, mobile electronic device, and computer program product using the method thereof
US8621390B1 (en) * 2008-10-21 2013-12-31 Amazon Technologies, Inc. Table of contents menu over electronic book content on an electronic paper display
KR20100053186A (en) * 2008-11-12 2010-05-20 삼성전자주식회사 Method for producing thumbnail, and image forming apparatus
TW201032101A (en) * 2009-02-26 2010-09-01 Qisda Corp Electronic device controlling method
US20110167381A1 (en) * 2010-01-07 2011-07-07 Rocky Kahn Contextual Document Map
US9367227B1 (en) * 2010-06-30 2016-06-14 Amazon Technologies, Inc. Chapter navigation user interface
US9223475B1 (en) 2010-06-30 2015-12-29 Amazon Technologies, Inc. Bookmark navigation user interface
US20120266103A1 (en) * 2011-04-15 2012-10-18 Google Inc. Method and apparatus of scrolling a document displayed in a browser window
US20120327121A1 (en) * 2011-06-22 2012-12-27 Honeywell International Inc. Methods for touch screen control of paperless recorders
US9766782B2 (en) * 2011-08-19 2017-09-19 Apple Inc. Interactive content for digital books
US9098261B2 (en) 2011-12-15 2015-08-04 Intel Corporation User level control of power management policies
US20130174030A1 (en) * 2012-01-04 2013-07-04 Freedom Solutions Group, LLC, d/b/a Microsystems Method and apparatus for analyzing abbreviations in a document
US10620795B2 (en) 2013-03-14 2020-04-14 RELX Inc. Computer program products and methods for displaying digital looseleaf content
JP2014078167A (en) * 2012-10-11 2014-05-01 Casio Comput Co Ltd Electronic data processor and program
US10372292B2 (en) * 2013-03-13 2019-08-06 Microsoft Technology Licensing, Llc Semantic zoom-based navigation of displayed content
USD757788S1 (en) * 2013-12-23 2016-05-31 Symantec Corporation Display screen or a portion thereof with transitional graphical user interface
JP5735146B1 (en) * 2014-01-31 2015-06-17 グリー株式会社 Display data creation method, control program, and computer
USD804495S1 (en) * 2015-12-24 2017-12-05 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Display screen or portion thereof with transitional graphical user interface
USD813902S1 (en) * 2016-06-01 2018-03-27 Snap Inc. Display screen or portion thereof having graphical user interface with transitional icon
USD813903S1 (en) * 2016-06-01 2018-03-27 Snap Inc. Display screen or portion thereof having graphical user interface with transitional icon
KR20190024404A (en) * 2017-08-31 2019-03-08 삼성전자주식회사 Display apparatus and Method for controlling the display apparatus thereof
US10705687B1 (en) * 2019-01-10 2020-07-07 Pearson Education, Inc. Visually indicating on a user interface lengths, types of content, structure and current user location within a corpus of electronic content

Citations (6)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20060156240A1 (en) * 2005-01-07 2006-07-13 Stephen Lemay Slide show navigation
US20070160345A1 (en) * 2004-05-10 2007-07-12 Masaharu Sakai Multimedia reproduction device and menu screen display method
US20070192791A1 (en) * 2006-02-14 2007-08-16 Sbc Knowledge Ventures, L.P. Selection list of thumbnails
US20080104535A1 (en) * 2006-10-27 2008-05-01 Microsoft Corporation Dynamic thumbnails for document navigation
US20080126967A1 (en) * 2006-11-29 2008-05-29 Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc. Document Viewing and Management System
US8112711B2 (en) * 2003-10-06 2012-02-07 Disney Enterprises, Inc. System and method of playback and feature control for video players

Family Cites Families (50)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
CA2048039A1 (en) 1991-07-19 1993-01-20 Steven Derose Data processing system and method for generating a representation for and random access rendering of electronic documents
US6243071B1 (en) * 1993-11-03 2001-06-05 Apple Computer, Inc. Tool set for navigating through an electronic book
US5550965A (en) * 1993-12-27 1996-08-27 Lucent Technologies Inc. Method and system for operating a data processor to index primary data in real time with iconic table of contents
US6486895B1 (en) * 1995-09-08 2002-11-26 Xerox Corporation Display system for displaying lists of linked documents
US6026416A (en) * 1996-05-30 2000-02-15 Microsoft Corp. System and method for storing, viewing, editing, and processing ordered sections having different file formats
US5761686A (en) * 1996-06-27 1998-06-02 Xerox Corporation Embedding encoded information in an iconic version of a text image
US20060015925A1 (en) * 2000-03-28 2006-01-19 Gotuit Media Corp Sales presentation video on demand system
US6613100B2 (en) * 1997-11-26 2003-09-02 Intel Corporation Method and apparatus for displaying miniaturized graphical representations of documents for alternative viewing selection
US6037937A (en) * 1997-12-04 2000-03-14 Nortel Networks Corporation Navigation tool for graphical user interface
US6587121B1 (en) * 1997-12-19 2003-07-01 Unisys Corporation Graphical table of contents for a help system
JP4183311B2 (en) 1997-12-22 2008-11-19 株式会社リコー Document annotation method, annotation device, and recording medium
US7770123B1 (en) * 1998-05-08 2010-08-03 Apple Inc. Method for dynamically generating a “table of contents” view of a HTML-based information system
US6496206B1 (en) * 1998-06-29 2002-12-17 Scansoft, Inc. Displaying thumbnail images of document pages in an electronic folder
JP2000105772A (en) * 1998-07-28 2000-04-11 Sharp Corp Information managing device
US6292188B1 (en) * 1999-07-28 2001-09-18 Alltrue Networks, Inc. System and method for navigating in a digital information environment
US7240296B1 (en) * 2000-02-11 2007-07-03 Microsoft Corporation Unified navigation shell user interface
US7243299B1 (en) * 2000-04-21 2007-07-10 Microsoft Corporation Methods and apparatus for displaying multiple contexts in electronic documents
US6895552B1 (en) * 2000-05-31 2005-05-17 Ricoh Co., Ltd. Method and an apparatus for visual summarization of documents
US7069518B2 (en) * 2000-12-21 2006-06-27 Xerox Corporation Indexing methods, systems, and computer program products for virtual three-dimensional books
US6964025B2 (en) 2001-03-20 2005-11-08 Microsoft Corporation Auto thumbnail gallery
US6915489B2 (en) * 2001-03-28 2005-07-05 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. Image browsing using cursor positioning
US6714209B2 (en) 2001-04-06 2004-03-30 Lightsurf Technologies, Inc. Browser-based system providing methodology for labeling of photo compact discs with a photo-facsimile table of contents
US7730401B2 (en) * 2001-05-16 2010-06-01 Synaptics Incorporated Touch screen with user interface enhancement
US20020182578A1 (en) * 2001-06-01 2002-12-05 Rachman Bruce A. Online course support method and system
US20030042319A1 (en) * 2001-08-31 2003-03-06 Xerox Corporation Automatic and semi-automatic index generation for raster documents
US20040010629A1 (en) 2001-11-01 2004-01-15 Telecommunications Research Associates System for accelerating delivery of electronic presentations
JP4194272B2 (en) * 2001-12-28 2008-12-10 キヤノン株式会社 Moving image management apparatus and method
US20040030719A1 (en) 2002-02-13 2004-02-12 Jie Wei Web page based dynamic book for document presentation and operation
US20040205514A1 (en) * 2002-06-28 2004-10-14 Microsoft Corporation Hyperlink preview utility and method
US7100119B2 (en) * 2002-11-01 2006-08-29 Microsoft Corporation Page bar control
US20040103038A1 (en) * 2002-11-26 2004-05-27 Power Mark J. Virtual reality enabled transaction processing system
US20050166149A1 (en) * 2004-01-23 2005-07-28 Microsoft Corporation Table of contents display
US20050210416A1 (en) * 2004-03-16 2005-09-22 Maclaurin Matthew B Interactive preview of group contents via axial controller
JP4690683B2 (en) * 2004-09-13 2011-06-01 東芝メディカルシステムズ株式会社 Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and medical image browsing method
US8566879B2 (en) * 2004-09-28 2013-10-22 Sony Corporation Method and apparatus for navigating video content
US7617450B2 (en) * 2004-09-30 2009-11-10 Microsoft Corporation Method, system, and computer-readable medium for creating, inserting, and reusing document parts in an electronic document
US7810035B2 (en) * 2004-10-15 2010-10-05 Microsoft Corporation Browsing web content using predictive navigation links
JP4473101B2 (en) * 2004-11-12 2010-06-02 コニカミノルタビジネステクノロジーズ株式会社 Document management method and document management apparatus and program using the same
JP2006166052A (en) * 2004-12-08 2006-06-22 Sony Corp Display control device and its method, recording medium and program
JP4155278B2 (en) * 2005-04-20 2008-09-24 コニカミノルタビジネステクノロジーズ株式会社 Document processing apparatus, control program thereof, and control method thereof
US7686215B2 (en) * 2005-05-21 2010-03-30 Apple Inc. Techniques and systems for supporting podcasting
JP4774940B2 (en) * 2005-11-14 2011-09-21 ソニー株式会社 Information processing apparatus, display method, and program thereof
US7844918B1 (en) * 2005-12-22 2010-11-30 Adobe Systems Incorporated Desktop thumbnails with page controllers
US7644373B2 (en) * 2006-01-23 2010-01-05 Microsoft Corporation User interface for viewing clusters of images
CN101375268B (en) * 2006-01-27 2012-06-06 Unz.Org有限责任公司 Computer system and method for presenting digitized content on a network
US7664739B2 (en) * 2006-02-14 2010-02-16 Microsoft Corporation Object search ui and dragging object results
US8051388B2 (en) * 2006-08-31 2011-11-01 Access Co., Ltd. Device having bookmark thumbnail management function
US7634733B2 (en) * 2006-09-18 2009-12-15 Agfa Inc. Imaging history display system and method
US7979785B1 (en) * 2006-10-04 2011-07-12 Google Inc. Recognizing table of contents in an image sequence
US8352876B2 (en) * 2007-02-21 2013-01-08 University Of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc. Interactive electronic book operating systems and methods

Patent Citations (6)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US8112711B2 (en) * 2003-10-06 2012-02-07 Disney Enterprises, Inc. System and method of playback and feature control for video players
US20070160345A1 (en) * 2004-05-10 2007-07-12 Masaharu Sakai Multimedia reproduction device and menu screen display method
US20060156240A1 (en) * 2005-01-07 2006-07-13 Stephen Lemay Slide show navigation
US20070192791A1 (en) * 2006-02-14 2007-08-16 Sbc Knowledge Ventures, L.P. Selection list of thumbnails
US20080104535A1 (en) * 2006-10-27 2008-05-01 Microsoft Corporation Dynamic thumbnails for document navigation
US20080126967A1 (en) * 2006-11-29 2008-05-29 Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc. Document Viewing and Management System

Cited By (7)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US9256352B2 (en) 2011-07-26 2016-02-09 Zte Corporation Touch screen terminal and method for locating electronic document thereof
US9448984B2 (en) 2011-07-26 2016-09-20 Zte Corporation Keyboard type terminal and location method for electronic document therein
US20140109012A1 (en) * 2012-10-16 2014-04-17 Microsoft Corporation Thumbnail and document map based navigation in a document
USD757770S1 (en) * 2013-08-30 2016-05-31 Samsung Electronics Co. Display screen or portion thereof with graphical user interface
USD746852S1 (en) * 2013-11-15 2016-01-05 Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited Portion of a display screen with animated graphical user interface
USD766258S1 (en) * 2013-12-31 2016-09-13 Beijing Qinhoo Technology Co. Ltd Display screen with a graphical user interface
US10977428B2 (en) 2015-06-29 2021-04-13 Microsoft Technology Licensing, Llc Content transformations

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date
US20080288894A1 (en) 2008-11-20
US8739073B2 (en) 2014-05-27

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US20200218414A1 (en) User Interface Editor
US9996227B2 (en) Apparatus and method for digital content navigation
US10031905B2 (en) Micro browser spreadsheet viewer
JP5905541B2 (en) Control gallery organized hierarchically
US9747017B2 (en) Segmented scroll bar
US9928218B2 (en) Electronic text display upon changing a device orientation
US10481767B1 (en) Providing supplemental information for a digital work in a user interface
US9626075B1 (en) Electronic book reader for presenting enhanced electronic material and electronic supporting data
US8869039B2 (en) Method and system for conditionally transmitting changes to information in a collaborative environment
US9898164B2 (en) Method for moving object between pages and interface apparatus
US9411487B2 (en) User interface presentation of information in reconfigured or overlapping containers
CN107817931B (en) Flexible display device and method for providing user interface using the same
US9086791B2 (en) Methods, systems, and media for providing content-aware scrolling
RU2523914C2 (en) Command user interface for displaying multiple sections of software functionality controls
US9639504B2 (en) Efficient creation of documents
US8555198B2 (en) Annotations for electronic content
US20160202886A1 (en) System and method for displaying published electronic documents
US8587528B2 (en) Portable electronic device with animated image transitions
US9311422B2 (en) Dynamic simulation of a responsive web page
US8782513B2 (en) Device, method, and graphical user interface for navigating through an electronic document
US6826729B1 (en) Gallery user interface controls
US7231597B1 (en) Method, apparatus, and computer-readable medium for creating asides within an electronic document
US6584479B2 (en) Overlay presentation of textual and graphical annotations
JP4814575B2 (en) System and method for displaying content on a small screen computing device
US7900145B2 (en) System and method for synchronizing data

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
AS Assignment

Owner name: MICROSOFT CORPORATION, WASHINGTON

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:HAN, CHRIS;DUNLAP, NATHAN;SIGNING DATES FROM 20070511 TO 20070514;REEL/FRAME:032900/0984

AS Assignment

Owner name: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC, WASHINGTON

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:MICROSOFT CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:034747/0417

Effective date: 20141014

Owner name: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC, WASHINGTON

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:MICROSOFT CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:039025/0454

Effective date: 20141014

STPP Information on status: patent application and granting procedure in general

Free format text: DOCKETED NEW CASE - READY FOR EXAMINATION

STPP Information on status: patent application and granting procedure in general

Free format text: NON FINAL ACTION MAILED

STCB Information on status: application discontinuation

Free format text: ABANDONED -- FAILURE TO RESPOND TO AN OFFICE ACTION