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Scrolling to the end of a list?


Aug 25, 2012, 12:46 AM
Like you can do with the END key on a standard keyboard?

Aug 25, 2012, 1:16 AM
Rich Brome

Aug 25, 2012, 6:28 AM
No, that's just a very brief way to talk about the patent. The patent is actually for the specific way an iPhone does it. An iPhone will let you scroll a bit past the end of a list, showing a background texture, and slowing down. Then when you let go, it jumps back to the proper end of the list/screen. It's as if there were a rubber band holding the end of the list in place, which is why it's sometimes called the "rubber-band patent."

Many Android phones did lists the same way, until Apple started enforcing its patent. Now everyone's working around that patent. Android - by default - now shows a growing blue glow at the end of lists. HTC phones now have an effect where list items split apart; still with a sort of rubber-band effect...

Aug 25, 2012, 11:37 AM
OK, they've got a good one there.

Aug 26, 2012, 11:40 PM
Actually, Motorola had a patent for this on cell phones. That's why you see old Motorola cell phones with the end/power key on the left side. If my memory serves me correctly, LG owned the patent for the end key on the right side. Nokia largely avoided this by having their power button on the top of the phone.

I have yet to see a valid argument on how it is possible to use force to prevent someone else from copying an idea that is freely available. The whole idea of patent and copyright is just nutty.

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