(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2005/0251754 Al
Padgett et al. (43) Pub. Date: Nov. 10,2005
(54) USER INTERFACE INCLUDING A PREVIEW
(76) Inventors: Allan P. Padgett, Seattle, WA (US);
Johnnie B. Manzari, San Francisco,
FISH & RICHARDSON P.C.
P.O. Box 1022
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55440-1022 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/839,965
(22) Filed: May 5, 2004
Publication Classification (51) Int. CI.7 G06F 17/00; G06F 3/00
(52) U.S. CI 715/779; 715/527; 715/768;
715/790; 715/808; 715/809
Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for providing content previews. One apparatus operates to display one or more user interface controls as a foreground against a background on a display device; receive user input resulting in a user interface state that has an associated action; and display as the background a preview of the associated action. In another aspect, the user input gives focus to a user interface control that has associated content; and a preview of the associated content is displayed without further action on the part of the user. In another aspect, user interface controls are displayed; and giving input focus to a particular user interface control that has associated content causes an apparatus to play a preview of the associated content without further action on the part of a user.