|The mouse is an input device for a computer. It enables us to select, define, click here - go there.
The mouse is taken for granted today, but it was designed out of necessity. Engelbart and his colleagues needed a method
of selecting things on screen, and the current technology such as light pens, were considered
too cumbersome and involved too much effort, so the mouse was born. It got it's name simply because it looked like a mouse
with it's long tail.
The mouse was eventually patented in 1970 as an "X-Y Position Indicator", many years after it was conceived, probably because it was invented "along the way", a by-product of a much larger
project - Engelbart and his colleagues' oNLine System.|