Improved approaches for users of computing devices to interact with graphical user interfaces are described. According to one aspect, a rotational user action supplied by a user at a user input device is transformed into linear action with respect to a graphical user interface. According to another aspect, a portion of an extended list of items is displayed by a graphical user interface and, through rotational user actions at a user input device, the portion of the list being displayed can be varied with welcomed ease of use. Although the type of computing device can vary, the improved approaches are particularly well-suited for use with a portable media player.

Title
Method and apparatus for use of rotational user inputs
Application Number
10/259159
Publication Number
20030095096
Application Date
September 26, 2002
Publication Date
May 22, 2003
Inventor
Philip W Schiller
Half Moon Bay
CA, US
Steve Jobs
Palo Alto
CA, US
Jeffrey L Robbin
Los Altos
CA, US
Agent
Beyer Weaver & Thomas
CA, US
Assignee
Apple Computer
IPC
G09G 05/00
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