[LINK] Microsoft wins double-click patent
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Fri Jun 4 10:18:07 EST 2004
At 10:18 3/06/2004 +1000, Chirgwin, Richard wrote:
> >From the SMH:
>'A default function for an application is launched if the button is pressed
>for a short, i.e., normal, period of time.
That's Apple Mac. I can't see who you can patent something that existed
and was created by another party 30 years before the patent application was
Clearly this is a fault within the US Patent system that Australia is now
required to align itself with.
>An alternative function of the application is launched if the button is
>pressed for a long, (e.g., at least one second), period of time.
The concept of launching an alternative application on double click of a
button isn't new either.
I've had this feature in much of my software since the early 80's. In fact
this is written into a package used now by Telstra, which I wrote in the
early 1980s. In this instance it might be launching an application, a
function or a print job.
>Still another function can be launched if the application button is
>pressed multiple times within a short period of time, e.g., double click'.
Again nothing new, but man can you see people fouling up on that one!
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