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   RE: [xml-dev] Bruce Perens and yet more patents

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I guess that means the end of stick on digital clocks where pressing one
button shows the date and pressing and holding the same button allows you to
set the date/time.


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Kay [mailto:michael.h.kay@ntlworld.com] 
Sent: 04 June 2004 09:51
To: 'Robin Cover'; 'XML Developers List'
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Bruce Perens and yet more patents

> Abstract: "A method and system are provided for extending
> the functionality of application buttons on a limited
> resource computing device. Alternative application
> functions are launched based on the length of time an
> application button is pressed. A default function for an
> application is launched if the button is pressed for a
> short, i.e., normal, period of time. 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. Still another function can be launched
> if the application button is pressed multiple times
> within a short period of time, e.g., double click."

Have they never come across auto-repeat on keyboards?

How long before they rediscover buttons that are pressure-sensitive and try
to patent those?

Michael Kay

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