Apple has patented (US7864163) the behaviour in Mobile Safari whereby double-tapping zooms in just enough to fit on the screen the particular box of content that was tapped.
A computer-implemented method, comprising:
- at a portable electronic device with a touch screen display;
- displaying at least a portion of a structured electronic document on the touch screen display, wherein the structured electronic document comprises a plurality of boxes of content;
- detecting a first gesture at a location on the displayed portion of the structured electronic document;
- determining a first box in the plurality of boxes at the location of the first gesture;
- enlarging and translating the structured electronic document so that the first box is substantially centered on the touch screen display;
- while the first box is enlarged, a second gesture is detected on a second box other than the first box; and
- in response to detecting the second gesture, the structured electronic document is translated so that the second box is substantially centered on the touch screen display.
The priority date is 2007-09-04.
This is one of the patents that was asserted against Samsung in their recent lawsuit. Unlike the other two patents asserted in the case, this one is not already subject to a reexamination, probably because the "second gesture" part is not a stock Android behaviour and it was likely Google themselves who submitted the other patents for ex parte reexamination. Nevertheless, is there any prior art for this?