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1. WO2009033216 - AN INTERFACE ELEMENT FOR A COMPUTER INTERFACE

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CLAIMS

1. A method of manipulating a displayed object capable of interacting with an interface element of a computing interface, the computing interface having a display module for displaying the displayed object in a display area, and an input module for receiving a user input, said method comprising :
receiving a user input which causes the displayed object to interact with the interface element ;
manipulating the displayed object according to the nature of the input received, wherein the manipulation comprises varying the size of the displayed object when the received input results in movement of the displayed object into, out-of, or through a region of the display area designated as belonging to the interface element.

2. A method as claimed in claim 1, wherein the user input results in movement of the displayed object within the display area in a manner that results in interaction of the displayed object with the interface element.

3. A method as claimed in claim 2, wherein the user input directly moves the displayed object.

4. A method as claimed in claim 3, wherein the user input causes the displayed object to move into, out-of, or through the region of the . interface element.

5. A method as claimed in claim 2, wherein the user input indirectly results in movement of the displayed object .

6. A method as claimed in either claim 1 or 2 , wherein the user input causes the region of the interface element to be redefined within the display area which results in interaction of the interface element with the displayed object .

7. A method as claimed in claim 6, wherein redefining the region of the interface element is in the form of moving the region within the display area.

8. A method as claimed in claim 6, wherein redefining the region of the interface element is in the form of resizing the region within the display area.

9. A method as claimed in claim 1, wherein the user input signifies activation of a manipulation property of the interface element which results in interaction of the interface element with the displayed object.

10. A method as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein the size of the object is varied according to the direction of movement through the region.

11. A method as claimed in claim 10, wherein the
direction is a radial direction.

12. A method as claimed in claim 11, wherein the size of the object is reduced as the object is moved towards the centre of the region.

13. A method as claimed in claim 11, wherein the size of the object is increased as the object is moved away from the centre of the region.

14. A method as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 13, wherein the method comprises manipulating a plurality of displayed objects according to the nature of the input received.

15. A method as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises varying the size of all displayed objects which move into, out-of, or through the region.

16. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises moving all display objects located within the region along with the region when the region is moved.

17. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises moving all display objects located within the region along with the region when the region is moved, unless the region
encounters a prohibited zone of the display area, in which case the region is prevented from entering the prohibited zone and the display objects continue to move according to the received input.

18. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises causing all displayed objects in the region to move towards the centre of the region when the user input signifies activation of an influence property of the interface element.

19. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises causing all displayed objects in the display area to move towards the centre of the region when the user input signifies activation of a manipulation property of the interface element .

20. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises causing displayed objects having a selected property to move towards the centre of the region when the user input signifies activation of a manipulation property of the interface element .

21. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises causing
displayed objects that reach the centre of the region to be hidden.

22. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation is to cause all displayed objects in the region to move away from the centre of the region when the received input signifies activation of a
manipulation property of the interface element.

23. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation is to cause all displayed objects in the display area to move away from the centre of the region when the received input signifies activation of an manipulation property of the interface element.

24. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises causing
displayed objects having a selected property to move away from the centre of the region when the received input signifies activation of a manipulation property of the interface element .

25. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises causing
displayed objects within the region to be deleted when the received input signifies activation of a manipulation property of the interface element .

26. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises causing displayed objects within the region to be resized when the received input signifies resizing of the interface element. Preferably the resizing of the objects is of the same type and/or proportion as the resizing of the
interface element. In an embodiment the resizing of the object is in proportion to the size of the region of the interface element .

27. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the manipulation further comprises causing hidden displayed objects within the regi'on to be shown when the received input signifies activation of a manipulation property of the interface element.

28. A method as claimed any one of claims 1 to 27, wherein a representation of the interface element is displayed within the region.

29. A computer readable storage medium storing a computer program for manipulating, a displayed object in a display area that interacts with an interface element of a
computing interface, said computer program comprising instructions that when executed by a computer cause the computer to:
receive a user input which causes the displayed object to interact with the interface element;
manipulate the displayed object according to the nature of the input received, wherein the manipulation comprises varying the size of the displayed object when the received input results in movement of the displayed object into, out-of, or through a region of the display area designated as belonging to the interface element .

30. An apparatus for manipulating a displayed object that interacts with an interface element of a computing
interface, said apparatus comprising:
a display having a display area;
an user input ;
a processor configured to: receive a user input which causes the displayed object to interact with the interface element;
influence the displayed object according to the nature of the input received, wherein the manipulation comprises varying the size of the displayed object when the received input results in movement of the displayed object into, out-of, or through a region of the display area designated as belonging to the interface element.

31. An apparatus for manipulating displayed objects that interacts with an interface element of a computing
interface, said apparatus comprising:
a display having a display area;
an user input ;
means for receiving a user input which causes the displayed object to interact with the interface element;
means for manipulating the displayed object according to the nature of the input received, wherein the
manipulation comprises varying the size of the displayed object when the received input results in movement of the displayed object into, out-of, or through a region of the display area designated as belonging to the interface element.

32. An interface element for a computing interface having a display module for creating a display covering a display area and an input module for receiving a user input, said element comprising:
an interface element interaction module for
designating certain user input that causes the displayed object to interact with the interface element as interface element input;
an object manipulating module for manipulating objects in the display according to the nature of the input received when an interface element input is
received, wherein the manipulation module is configured to vary the size of displayed objects that the input signifies as moving a displayed object into, out-of or through the region.