WO2002046903A1 - Method for selection and activation of a function from an operation menu and operation system for carrying out said method - Google Patents

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WO2002046903A1
WO2002046903A1 PCT/DE2001/004557 DE0104557W WO0246903A1 WO 2002046903 A1 WO2002046903 A1 WO 2002046903A1 DE 0104557 W DE0104557 W DE 0104557W WO 0246903 A1 WO0246903 A1 WO 0246903A1
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Abstract

Method for the selection and activation of a function from an operation menu, displayed in a display field of an electronic device, comprising the steps: A) display of the operation menu with an overview representation (S1, S2) in the display field, B) selection (S3) of a magnification mode, C) magnification (S4) of a pre-determined partial section of the operation menu with at last one pre-determined magnification factor and display (S5) of the magnified partial section in the display field, D) displacement (S7) where necessary of the magnified partial section displayed in the display field of the operation menu, for display of a target partial section and display (S8) of the target partial section, E) switching (S10) to a selection mode and F) selection (S11) of a function from the target partial section displayed in the display field and activation (S12) of said function.

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Method for selecting and activating a function from an operating menu and operating element for performing the method

The present invention relates to a method for selecting and activating a function from an operating menu shown in a display field of an electronic device, in particular for selecting and activating one

Function of a website shown in the display field.

With the electronic devices available today, such as, for example, mobile radio terminals, organizers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) or the like, it is possible to provide increasingly complex and comprehensive functions due to the increasing performance of the electronic components used. On the other hand, the trend is towards an ever smaller dimensioning of electronic devices in order to make them more manageable, more stowable and less disruptive. Because of these development trends, the increase in performance features on the one hand and the increasing miniaturization on the other hand, it is difficult to display the multitude of functions available on a display panel that is small due to miniaturization. This problem is particularly posed by the recently spread WAP technology (wireless application protocol) with which mobile wireless devices can access external services and applications by radio transmission, for example to load and navigate websites. However, the majority of the Internet pages are designed for display on a comparatively large computer monitor, so that the comprehensive information content of such Internet pages can only be found with difficulty on a small sionized display field of a mobile electronic terminal, such as a mobile terminal.

Various approaches have been taken in the past to address this problem. For example, micro displays with very high resolutions and associated magnification optics were used. However, this approach leads to unsatisfactory results, since the high-resolution microdisplays are very expensive to buy and also build relatively large, so that a corresponding electronic terminal becomes expensive and can only be miniaturized to a limited extent. Another way to counter the problem described above is that the website loaded via the WAP standard

“Filtered” is used to separate out certain elements of the website that cause problems when displayed on small-sized displays, such as images or graphic elements. Such filtering can be done by the mobile device when loading the website.

In this case, a correspondingly high, in particular software, effort on the part of the mobile terminal device is required. Likewise, it is possible to filter out the graphic elements on the server side, for example in such a way that the Internet pages are each made available by an Internet server in a "full version" for large-sized monitors and in a version which is greatly reduced in terms of information content for WAP-based electronic devices. This is also relatively expensive and requires additional storage space on the server side.

In contrast, it is an object of the present invention to provide a method of the type described at the outset, with which high information content can be obtained from existing operating menus even in the case of a miniaturized electronic device, while avoiding the above-described Show, select and activate functions in a simple way.

This object is achieved according to the invention by a method for selecting and activating a function from an operating menu shown in a display field of an electronic device, in particular for selecting and activating a function of an internet page shown in the display field, comprising the steps: A) displaying the operating menu in a Overview display in the display field,

B) selecting a magnification mode,

C) enlarging a predetermined partial section of the operating menu with at least one predetermined enlargement factor and displaying the enlarged partial section in the display field,

D) if necessary, relocating the enlarged partial section of the operating menu shown in the display field to display a target partial section and displaying the target partial section,

E) Switch to a selection mode and

F) Selecting a function of the target partial section shown in the display field and activating the function.

If, for the purpose of explaining the invention, a website is considered as an example of an operating menu, then in step A) the website is initially shown in an overview in the display panel. This is done, for example, in such a way that the website is reduced in size until it is completely visible in the display field. The operator of the electronic device can then select an enlargement mode in step B), in which a predetermined partial section, for example the upper left quarter of the website, is then shown enlarged in the display field in step C). If the user already recognizes the functions, links or the like specified on the website after enlargement, he can do the ones shown as required Move the enlarged section of the operating menu to step D) to display additional functions, links or the like. If the user has already recognized the desired function after performing step C), the target partial section is already shown in the display and he can proceed directly to steps E) and F). In steps E) and F) you switch from the enlargement mode to the selection mode and a certain function can be selected and activated on the website.

The invention thus shows how, by alternately enlarging, navigating, selecting and activating conventional websites, even on small-sized display fields, for example on small-sized displays of mobile radio terminals or PDAs, can be displayed and "operated" without reducing the information content of the loaded website must become. Nor is it necessary with the method according to the invention to equip the electronic device with a high-resolution microdisplay and a corresponding magnifying lens, as was proposed in the prior art. Instead, the invention shows a way, by means of a few ergonomically favorable and logically successive steps, of displaying an Internet page on moving in and jumping back and forth between two modes, namely the enlargement mode and the selection mode, also on a small-sized display field, and of a sufficiently large size to use.

In a further development of the invention, in order to simplify the method according to the invention, step B) is carried out automatically with step A). This means that immediately after loading the operating menu, for example a website, the electronic device is automatically switched to the enlargement mode without a user having to do this in a separate step. This allows the user to Switch to steps C) indirectly after loading and displaying the operating menu in the overview in the display panel and the following steps for navigating in the operating menu and for selecting a function.

With regard to the enlargement of the predetermined partial section of the operating menu according to step C), it can further be provided that the partial section is enlarged at least twice, preferably four times. In principle, the magnification can be chosen arbitrarily. However, for reasons of ergonomics, it is recommended that an enlargement is selected when step C) is carried out for the first time, in which the information content of the operating menu, for example the website, is recognizable to the user. For example, it is advisable to choose a fourfold magnification so that the overview is divided into four partial sections of the same size, one of which, preferably the partial section at the top left, is then shown in the display field.

If the information content of the operating menu is very high, for example in a case in which a website is loaded with a text written in small letters, it may be necessary that steps C) or / and D) - each individually or in the mentioned Order - run repeatedly. In other words, if the enlargement factor was not sufficiently large when step C) was carried out for the first time and the user of the electronic device does not yet fully recognize the contents of the operating menu, then he can enlarge the operating menu again with a predetermined enlargement factor and a predetermined partial section of this again Show enlarged operating menu section on the display panel. If necessary, the user can carry out this step several times until all the information available on the operating menu can be seen on the display panel. In between or afterwards the user can also relocate the enlarged partial section of the operating menu shown in the display field for displaying a partial target section of sufficient magnification, as provided in step D).

If the user has found the desired partial target section of the operating menu by performing steps C) or / and D), possibly several times, he can switch to a selection mode in accordance with step E). In this selection mode, he can select a function from a list of several functions and activate this function, as explained in step F).

In a further development of the invention it can be provided that in step F) selection means are shown on the display field and that these selection means for selecting the function can be shifted in the target partial section of the operating menu. The selection means can be formed, for example, by a window shown in the display field after switching to the selection mode, which frames the respective function that is available for selection. Alternatively, shaded storage of the function available for selection is also conceivable. It is also possible to use an arrow or other means of selection. A selection can be made by moving the selection means from one function to the next, etc.

In order to simplify the operation of the electronic device using the method according to the invention, it can be provided in a further development of the invention that moving the enlarged partial section in step D) and moving the selection means in step F) by operating one and the same operating element of the electronic device be carried out. Depending on the currently selected mode, magnification mode or selection mode, the operation of this control element automatically leads to the correct radio tion, namely either relocating the enlarged partial section or relocating the selection means.

It should be pointed out that it is not necessary according to the invention to carry out steps A) to F) continuously, possibly with repeated steps C) and D). If the user recognizes, for example, that he does not find the function he is looking for in the enlarged partial section and would like to reorient it in a less enlarged partial section or in the overview of the operating menu, the invention provides that at least one of the steps follows B), C), D) or / and F) a reduction of the enlarged partial section μm a predetermined reduction factor can be carried out. The user can consequently navigate with the method according to the invention as desired in the operating menu by sequential viewing, moving, enlarging or / and reducing, in the order mentioned or in a different order, select functions and activate them. The amount of the reduction factor preferably corresponds to the magnification factor previously selected in step C). Furthermore, it can be provided according to the invention that the maximum reduction factor is selected such that the operating menu shown is reduced to the overview from step A). This means that the user cannot reduce the display of the operating menu, for example the website, which is already greatly reduced in the overview display, by an undesired incorrect operation, and make it unrecognizable.

As already explained above, with regard to the miniaturization and ergonomic operation of the electronic device, it is advantageous if several steps of the method according to the invention can be carried out with the same operating components of the electronic device. In this context, according to the invention, be seen that steps B) (selecting a magnification mode), C) (enlarging a partial section and displaying the partial section) and E) (switching to a selection mode) and activating a function in step F) by actuating one and the same control element of the electronic device. For example, it is possible, starting from step A), first to switch to the enlargement mode in step B) by actuating this operating element. A further actuation of the same operating element then leads in step C) to the enlargement of a predetermined partial section of the operating menu and to the representation of the enlarged partial section. In a further development of the invention, it can be provided that after reaching a maximum magnification factor in step C), step E) is automatically carried out with a further actuation of the operating element. Finally, in step F) after selecting a function, this function can be activated by actuating the same operating element again. In principle, however, it is also conceivable to assign the individual steps to separate operating elements, in which case these operating elements can then be activated or deactivated in accordance with the particular mode that is switched on, magnification mode or selection mode.

The invention further relates to an operating element of an electronic device for carrying out the method according to the type described above, comprising

- At least one control component for moving the partial section shown in the display field in step D) and / or for selecting a function in step F) and

- At least one selection component for switching to the enlargement mode after step B or / and for enlarging a predetermined partial section of the operating menu in step C) or / and for switching over into the selection mode in step E) or / and for activating a function of the operating menu in step F). According to the invention, the operating element is therefore divided into two components, namely the control component and the selection component. The control component can be used to carry out all functions which require a local displacement on the display panel, such as, for example, the displacement of the display panel in step D) or the selection of a function in step F). All selection and activation steps of the method according to the invention can then be carried out with the selection component, namely a switchover to the enlargement mode after step B) or / and the enlargement of a predetermined partial section of the operating menu in step C) or / and the switchover to the Selection mode in step E) or / and the activation of the operating menu in step F). Such a subdivision of the operating organ leads to an ergonomic mode of operation, since steps D) and F) or B), C) assigned to one and the same component and the activation in step F) are the same when navigating through the operating menu.

With regard to the structural design of the operating element, it can be provided according to the invention that it comprises a key element which can be tilted by at least two, preferably four, mutually orthogonal tilt axes lying in a common plane as a control component and that the displacement of the one shown in the display field Partial section in step D) and, if appropriate, the selection of the function in step F) takes place in accordance with the tilting of the key element. The key element can be about the size of a fingertip, so that the operator can use the control function of the key element by simply placing the thumb tip and moving the thumb spatially.

In addition to the tiltability of the key element, it can also be mounted on the electronic device in such a way that it is used to enlarge a predetermined partial section of the operating menu in step C) and / or to switch to the Selection mode in step E) or / and for activating a function of the operating menu in step F) can be shifted substantially in the direction orthogonal to the plane. By shifting, ie depressing, the key element in a substantially orthogonal direction to the tilting axes, the operating element can be operated with a finger both for actuating the control component and for actuating the selection component.

As an alternative to such an operating element, which combines both the selection component and the control component, it can be provided according to the invention that the selection component is rotatably mounted on the electronic device and can be rotated in a predetermined direction of rotation, preferably in at least one predetermined angle of rotation position, in order to select a magnification factor , With an operating element designed in this way, it is possible to spatially separate the operation of the control component and the selection component, so that at least step C) of the method according to the invention is independent of the others

Steps can take place, whereby the likelihood of undesired incorrect operation by a user is reduced.

In a further development of such an alternative operating element, it can be provided that the selection component can be rotated in the predetermined direction of rotation in at least one angle of rotation position assigned to the at least one magnification factor and that the angle of rotation position assigned to the maximum magnification factor is followed by a further angle of rotation position in the predetermined direction of rotation which is assigned to switching to the selection mode after step E). This measure allows the selection component to be assigned the function of switching to the selection mode in accordance with step E) in addition to determining the magnification factor. With regard to a reduction of the partial section of the operating menu shown in the display field following a previous enlargement, it can further be provided that the selection component can be rotated in a direction of rotation opposite to the predetermined direction of rotation, preferably into at least one predetermined angle of rotation position, for selecting a reduction factor. In order to prevent an unintentional rotation of the selection component when the operating member is designed with a rotatable selection component, it can further be provided according to the invention that the selection component latches in the at least one rotational angle position.

The invention further relates to an electronic device, in particular a mobile electronic device, such as, for example, a mobile radio terminal, comprising a display panel and an operating element of the type described above. With an electronic device equipped in this way, the method according to the invention described above can be performed ergonomically to select and activate one

Execute the function from the operating menu shown in the display field of the electronic device.

Exemplary embodiments of the present invention are explained in detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings. They represent:

FIG. 1 shows a plan view of an operating element according to a first exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

Figures 2a to 8c a tabular representation of individual

Method steps, wherein Figures 2a to 8a are schematic representations of the respective

Are enlargement state; Figures 2b to 8b photographic representations of the respective actual magnification state website loaded in the display panel; and FIGS. 2c to 8c schematically show the actuation of the operating member carried out in each case; FIG. 9 shows a flow chart to explain an exemplary embodiment of the method according to the invention, and FIG. 10 shows a top view of a second exemplary embodiment of an operating element according to the invention.

In Figure 1, an operating element according to the invention is generally designated 10. This comprises a control component 12 and a selection component 14. The control component 12 comprises a ring 16 which is mounted so as to be tiltable about four tilting axes A, B, C and D. Arrow symbols 18, 20, 22, 24 are depicted on the ring 16, which can optionally be highlighted by lighting, not shown. Depending on the tilting of the ring 16 about one of the tilt axes B and D in accordance with the arrow symbols 18, 20, 22, 24 or about one of the tilt axes A and C into an intermediate position between the arrow symbols 18, 20, 22, 24, sensor elements (not shown) speak underneath the ring 16, which detect such a tilt and forward corresponding signals for further processing, as specified in detail below, to an electronic device equipped with the operating element 10 according to FIG. 1.

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Partial cutout is blackened out in FIGS. 3a-6a as an orientation aid and designated 40 and 44, respectively. The three other quarters 34, 36 and 38 cannot be seen on the display panel F of the electronic device. The representation of the partial section 40 according to FIG. 3b corresponds to step S5.

In the example, the display of the website according to FIG. 3b is initially sufficient for the user to find his way around. Accordingly, he decides in step S6 that the magnification factor is initially sufficient. By simultaneously or successively pressing the arrow symbols 20 and 22 of the ring 16, as shown in FIG. 3c by the highlighting at 40 and 42, the user shifts the display field F shown in FIG. 4b

Image section 40 such that it now comprises areas of all four partial sections 32, 34, 36, 38, as shown in FIG. 4a. The displacement of the section 40 shown corresponds to step S7, the representation to step S8.

In the example case, the user now decides that the representation according to FIG. 4b has not yet been enlarged enough to recognize whether he has reached his target partial area. The answer to the question in step S9 is therefore "NO". By pressing the pushbutton 26 again, as indicated by the highlight 42, step S4 is carried out again, so that the website is enlarged again. The image section 44, which is now shown in black in FIG. 5a, corresponds to the section of the website shown in the display field in accordance with FIG. 5b with its 16-fold enlargement. In step S4, the magnification factor (zoom factor) 2 has now been selected. The partial area shown in FIG. 5b is now sufficiently enlarged to recognize its content. According to step S7 from FIG. 9, the user moves the section 44 shown again by tilting the ring 16 until he has reached the target partial area according to step S9. The necessary for this Activation of the ring 16 is again indicated in FIG. 5c by highlights 46 and 48.

The target partial area can be seen in the display field in FIG. 6b. Starting from this state, the user now switches to the selection mode by pressing the pushbutton 26 again, as shown by highlighting 50 in FIG. 6c. This switchover by pressing the pushbutton 26 again takes place in the illustrated example in that the maximum magnification factor of the electronic device is 2. A further actuation of the push button 26 would have no effect with regard to an enlargement of the website shown. After the maximum magnification factor has been reached, the program of the electronic device automatically switches over to an operating state which interprets a further actuation of the push button 26 as switching over to the selection mode.

However, it should be noted that, according to the invention, other magnification factors can also be permitted, and that switching to the selection mode instead of an automatic switch detection, as explained above, can also be carried out by pushing the push button 26 twice in short succession.

FIG. 7b now shows the display state of the target subarea reached in FIG. 6b in the selection mode. The first function 56 is stored in the list of the website shown by shading 52. FIG. 7a now shows no orientation aid, as is the case in FIGS. 2a to 6a, since it is no longer possible to shift the displayed image section within the entire website in the selection mode. FIG. 7a, however, shows the indication "<- = Back to Zoomfactor = 1" shown in the display, with which it is expressed that when the ring 16 is actuated in the area of the arrow symbol 24, the illustrated figure is reduced. website and a new display with the enlargement factor (zoom factor) equal to 1.

By pressing the ring 16 in the region of the arrow symbol 22, as shown by highlighting 54 in FIG. 7c, the shading 52 can be shifted from the first function 56 to the second function 58, as shown in FIG. 8b. This shift corresponds to step S11 in FIG. 9. If the user has now reached the desired function, he can activate it by pressing pushbutton 26 again, as shown in FIG. 8c by highlighting 60. This activation of the function corresponds to S12 in FIG. 9.

It was therefore shown above how the user can easily view, enlarge and select certain functions from a website using the electronic device equipped with the control element 10 and software according to the flowchart according to FIG. 9, even in a small-sized display.

FIG. 10 now shows a second exemplary embodiment of an operating element 110 according to the invention. To simplify the description and to avoid repetitions, components which are of the same type or have the same function as the components of the operating element 10 according to FIG. 1 are denoted by the same reference numerals, but increased by the number 100.

The operating element 110 shown in FIG. 10 comprises a centrally arranged, essentially circular plate 162 and a rotatable ring 164 arranged concentrically around this plate.

As described in FIG. 1 for the ring 16, the plate 162 can be tilted about four tilting axes (not shown in FIG. 10). It is also provided with arrow symbols 118 to 124 and a point symbol 128. The arrow symbols 118 to 124 symbolize the possible tilt directions, intermediate tilt positions also being possible between the arrows. The dot symbol 128 symbolizes the possibility of pressing the plate 162 in the direction orthogonal to the plane of the drawing.

The ring 164 is mounted on the electronic device (not shown) so that it can rotate about the plate 162 about an axis orthogonal to the drawing plane of FIG. 10. A rotation of the ring 164 counterclockwise (in FIG. 10 with a

"+" marked as a positive direction of rotation) leads from the overview with the magnification factor equal to 0 (Z = 0) via an enlarged representation according to FIG. 2b with the magnification factor Z = 1 (fourfold magnification) to a further enlarged representation with the magnification factor Z = 2 (16-fold magnification according to FIG. 5b). If the user rotates the ring 164 further in the positive direction of rotation in FIG. 10, then he reaches the position A, with which he switches from the enlargement mode to the selection mode in accordance with step S10 from FIG.

Turning in the negative direction of rotation according to FIG. 10 (indicated by a “-” in FIG. 10) leads, starting from an enlarged representation, to a reduction in the detail shown, that is to say, for example, from a transition from the representation according to FIG. 5b to the representation according to FIG. 4b ,

In the enlargement mode, ie before reaching position A in the positive direction of rotation of ring 164, the illustrated image section, as explained above with reference to FIGS. 2a to 8c and FIG. 9, can be operated by actuating plate 162 analogously to ring 16 of the first exemplary embodiment be relocated. After switching to the selection mode, ie after reaching position A with a rotation in the positive direction of rotation, a tilting of the plate 162 about one of its (not shown) tilting axes causes a displacement of the Shading 52 as shown in Figures 7b and 8b and thus a selection of a function. Activation of a selected function (as for example in FIG. 8b) takes place by depressing the plate 162 in the direction orthogonal to the drawing plane from FIG. 10.

The second embodiment of the operating element according to the invention according to FIG. 10 enables a decoupling of the control component and the selection component, with the restriction that the activation of a function takes place by depressing the selection component. The ring 164 can, for example, be rubberized or be formed with a surface provided with knobs in order to achieve an easy turning operation. Furthermore, it can be provided according to the invention that the individual zoom factors Z = 0, Z = 1, Z = 2 and the positions of the ring 164 associated with the activation of the selection mode can be controlled exactly by latching means, so that the ring 164 can be reached after a Allows the rest position to be turned only against slight resistance. The ring 164 is rotatably supported endlessly. The software of the electronic device detects the rotation depending on the current program status. This means that the ring 164 is only enlarged, reduced or switched to the selection mode when the ring 164 is activated if this is also possible or provided in the program sequence according to FIG. 9.

Claims

Claims l. Method for selecting and activating a function (56, 58) from an operating menu shown in a display field (F) of an electronic device, in particular for selecting and activating a function (56,58) of a website shown in the display field (F), comprising the Steps :
 A) displaying the operating menu in an overview (S1, S2) in the display field (F), B) selecting (S3) an enlargement mode, C) enlarging (S4) a predetermined partial section (32, 40) of the operating menu with at least one predetermined Magnification factor (Z) and representation (S5) of the enlarged partial section (40) in the display field (F), D) if necessary, shifting (S7) of the enlarged partial section (40) shown in the display field (F) Operating menus for displaying a target partial section (40, 44) and displaying (S8) the target partial section (40, 44), E) switching (S8) into a selection mode and F) selecting (Sll) a function (56, 58) of the field in the display (F)
 shown target partial section (44) and Activate (S12) the function (58).
2. The method according to claim 1, characterized in that step B) (S3) is automatically carried out with step A) (S2).
3. The method according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that in step C) (S4, S5) the partial section (40) is enlarged at least twice, preferably four times.
4. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that steps C) (S4, S5) and / or D) (S7, S8) are carried out repeatedly individually or in the order mentioned.
5. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that in step F) (Sll, S12) on the display panel (F) selection means (52) are shown and that these selection means (52) for selecting the function (56,58) in the target partial section (44) of the operating menu can be moved.
6. The method according to claim 5, characterized in that the shifting (S7) of the enlarged partial section (44) in step D) and the shifting (Sll) of the selection means (52) in step F) by operating one and the same operating element (10, 12, 16; 110, 162) of the electronic device.
7. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, that a subsequent reduction in the enlarged partial section (44) by a predetermined reduction factor (Z) can be carried out after at least one of the steps B), C), D) or / and F).
8. The method according to claim 6, characterized in that the amount of reduction (Z) corresponds to the magnification factor previously selected in step C) (S4).
9. The method according to claim 6 or 7, characterized in that the maximum reduction factor (Z) is selected such that the operating menu shown is reduced to the overview (Fig. 2a, Fig. 2b, S2) from step A).
   10. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the steps B) (S3), C) (S4, S5) and E) (S10) and the activation (S12) in step F) by actuating one and the same control element ( 10, 14, 25; 110, 162) of the electronic device.
11. The method according to claim 10, characterized in that after reaching a maximum magnification factor (Z = 2) in step C) (S4, S5) with a further actuation of the operating element (10; 110) step E) (S10) is automatically carried out ,
12. Operating element (10; 110) of an electronic device for carrying out the method according to one of the preceding claims, comprising - at least one control component (12) for moving the partial section (40) shown in the display field (F) in Step D) or / and for selecting a function (56, 58) in step F) and - at least one selection component (14) for switching over to the enlargement mode after step B) or / and for enlarging a predetermined partial section (40, 44) of the operating menu in step C) and / or to switch to Selection mode in step E) or / and to activate one Function (58) of the operating menu in step F).
13. Operating element according to claim 12, characterized in that there is a key element (16; 162) which can be tilted by at least two, preferably by four, essentially mutually orthogonal, lying in a common plane tilt axes (A, B, C, D). as control component (12) and that the shifting of the partial section (40) shown in the display field (F) in step D) and optionally the selection of the function (56, 58) in step F) in accordance with the tilting of the key element (16; 162) takes place.
14. Operating element according to claim 13, characterized in that the key element (16) for enlarging a predetermined partial section (40) of the operating menu in step C) or / and for switching over to the selection mode in step E) or / and for activating a function ( 56, 58) of the operating menu in step F) can be displaced essentially in the direction orthogonal to the tilting axes (A, B, C, D).
15. Operating element according to one of claims 12 to 14, characterized in that the selection component (164) is rotatably mounted on the electronic device and for selecting an enlargement factor (Z) in a predetermined direction of rotation (+), preferably in at least one predetermined angle of rotation position, is rotatable.
16. Operating element according to claim 15, characterized in that the selection component (164) can be rotated in the predetermined direction of rotation (+) into at least one rotational angle position assigned to the at least one magnification factor (Z) and that the maximum magnification factor (Z = 2 ) assigned rotation angle position in the predetermined direction of rotation (+) is followed by a further rotation angle position (A) which is assigned to the switchover to the selection mode after step E).
17. Operating element according to claim 15 or 16 according to one of claims 15 or 16, characterized in that the selection component (164) for selecting a reduction factor (Z) in a direction of rotation opposite to the predetermined direction of rotation (-), preferably in at least one predetermined angle of rotation position, is rotatable.
18. Operating element according to one of claims 15-17, characterized in that the selection component (164) latches in the at least one rotational angle position.
19. Electronic device, in particular mobile electronic device, such as a mobile radio terminal, comprising a display panel (F) and an operating element (10; 110) according to one of claims 12-18.
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