User interface for television schedule system

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(12) United States Patent
(10) Patent N0.:
(45) Date of Patent:
Young et al.
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USER INTERFACE FOR TELEVISION
SCHEDULE SYSTEM
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(US); David Anderson, Mountain View,
CA (Us)
Assignee: StarSight Telecast Inc., Los Angeles,
CA (US)
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John H Roop, Palo Alto, CA (US);
Alan R Ebright, Los Gatos, CA (US);
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Dec. 19, 2006
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(75) Inventors: Patrick Young, San Mateo, CA (US);
Michael W Faber ’ Pleasanton ’ CA
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JUDGE PART 1
GOLDEN GIRLS
JUDGE PART 2
NEWS
7/1993 ApitZ
10/1993 Vogel
6/1994 Kawasaki
AT NOON
INSIDE EDITION
NEWS
PERFE
LOVING
SESAME STREET
ALL MY CHILDREN
EVERYDAY
LORNE GREEN'S WORLD OF S
NEWS
WALT DISNEY PRESENTS
JANE WALLACE
MOVIE
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Primary ExamineriRobert Chevalier
(74) Attorney, Agent, or FirmiFish & Neave IP Group
Ropes & Gray LLP; Gall C. Gotfried
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ABSTRACT
Screen (10) for a user interface of a television schedule
system and process consists of an array (24) of irregular cells
(26), which vary in length, corresponding to different tele
vision program lengths of one half hour to one-and-one half
hours or more. The array is arranged as three columns (28)
of one-half hour in duration, and twelve rows (30) of
program listings. Some of the program listings overlap two
or more of the columns (28) because of their length. Because
of the widely varying length of the cells (26), if a conven
tional cursor used to select a cell location were to simply
step from one cell to another, the result would be abrupt
changes in the screen (10) as the cursor moved from a cell
(26) of several hours length to an adjacent cell in the same
row. An effective way of taming the motion is to assume that
behind every array (24) is an underlying array of regular
cells. By restricting cursor movements to the regular cells,
abrupt screen changes will be avoided. With the cursor (32),
the entire cell (26) is 3-D highlighted, using a conventional
o?‘set shadow (34). The offset shadow (34) is a black bar that
underlines the entire cell and wraps around the right edge of
the cell. To tag the underlying positioniwhich de?nes
where the cursor (32) is and thus, where it will move
nextiportions (36) of the black bar outside the current
underlying position are segmented, while the current posi
tion is painted solid.
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