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Microsoft Patents "Page Up, Page Down"

Microsoft Patents "Page Up, Page Down"

To think that prior to 2005 there wasn't any page up / page down functionality. After all, that's when Microsoft filed a patent application for "Method and system for navigating paginated content in page-based increments."

To be exact, March 4, 2005 was the date of the application, and the patent was granted on Tuesday. And it's:

A method and system in a document viewer for scrolling a substantially exact increment in a document, such as one page, regardless of whether the zoom is such that some, all or one page is currently being viewed. In one implementation, pressing a Page Down or Page Up keyboard key/button allows a user to begin at any starting vertical location within a page, and navigate to that same location on the next or previous page.
Shoot, we can't imagine how this works. And we're trying to remember when we saw the first Page Up and Page Down keys on a keyboard. We suppose this is almost as silly as trying to trademark "cloud computing" (as Dell attempted to do).
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Really microsoft. wow.

A guy patented the wheel a while back to prove how broken are patent system is.

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I think I need to patent a system where pictures and sound can be viewed by people from a great distance.... I shall call it Television !!! wait what that already exists ? hmmm no matter I shall patent it anyway!

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JonathanD:
I think I need to patent a system where pictures and sound can be viewed by people from a great distance.... I shall call it Television !!! wait what that already exists ? hmmm no matter I shall patent it anyway!

Genius!

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Each of use here should patent a seperate key on a KB -- I will take "~" cuz its the coolest key there is...give MS those 2 others, pft

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A method and system on a keyboard for changing all letters from lower case to upper case. In one implementation, pressing a r and the shift keyboard key/button allows a user input a uppercase R.

My key!

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I want the @ key so I can sue everyone who has an email address.... hmm I figure in 20 years I should over take Bill as the richest man on the planet!

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I pick the Windows key.

Until I get my check from MS, I demand that manufacturers quit putting it on keyboards.

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