05687331 is referenced by 508 patents and cites 5 patents.

A viewer interface is disclosed for use in an interactive television network operative for providing an animated focus item in association with a control item to indicate that the control item is in a state responsive to commands from a user input device. An "animation" is any form of highlighting that is non-static, including but not limited to flashing, varying illumination, varying size, varying shape, varying position, varying color, varying display components, a moving and/or changing cartoon type image, a video image, a sound track, or a combination of these elements. Selection of the control item to receive focus and selection of options presented by control items having focus are accomplished by viewer interaction with the remote control unit, and such selections do not require a keyboard or mouse to indicate the viewer's desire to change the focus from one control item to another or to select an option. The user interface is also suitable for use in a general computing environment as well as in an interactive television environment.

Title
Method and system for displaying an animated focus item
Application Number
8/510965
Publication Number
5687331
Application Date
August 3, 1995
Publication Date
November 11, 1997
Inventor
JoGene Kapell
Bellevue
WA, US
Edwin Thorne III
Seattle
WA, US
Michael Breed Robin
Redmond
WA, US
Patrick M Volk
Kirkland
WA, US
Agent
Jones & Askew
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 3/00
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