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

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> 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."

I had that functionality on various consumer electronics devices in the 
last 20 years and I always hated it. I hope it gets patented, so it's 
gone once and for all. In case it turns up on my Windows machine, I 
guess there will be help from an animated paper-clip that instructs me: 
Keep pressing! Keep pressing! Keep pressing!



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