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MECHANISM TO ALLOW SINGLE "BUTTON" WINDOW PLACEMENT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006580D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jan-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 116K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Armando Vera Jimenez: AUTHOR

Abstract

In a CRT windows environment, it is desirable to resize and relocate widows such that they don't overlap one another. The mechanism described below allows the user to resize and place the window(s) in a predetermined location on the CRT screen with a single button depression. This invention avoids waste of but- tons (which can be redetined to do something else) and time (it takes time to use the cursor buttons/mouse to resize and drag the windows to their new location).

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MOTOROLA INC. Technical Developments Volume 16 August 1992

MECHANISM TO ALLOW SINGLE "BUTTON" WINDOW PLACEMENT

by Armando Vera Jimenez

INTRODUCTION:

  In a CRT windows environment, it is desirable to resize and relocate widows such that they don't overlap one another. The mechanism described below allows the user to resize and place the window(s) in a predetermined location on the CRT screen with a single button depression. This invention avoids waste of but- tons (which can be redetined to do something else) and time (it takes time to use the cursor buttons/mouse to resize and drag the windows to their new location).

  This method performs a multiple window placement with a single button and allows dierent predetermined sizes and locations on each button depression. The but- ton redefines itself automatically within the same "func- tion" causing a rapid screen reconfiguration into non-overlapping windows. In doing so, it provides more options for placing the window(s), not just the hvo stand- ard predetermined locations for WINDOW/ICON found in most of the workstations.

  This process can be used as is in any CRT object/ window based application, but it can be extended for use whenever a sequence of tasks is to be performed in a specific order.

  More than one pattern can be combined, that is, the button can be instructed to follow the next window(s) section seuence: (TS + BS + FV + TS +. .) See Fig- ures 3,4

DESCRIPTION:

The sequence shown refers to window locations in Figures 1 to 4.

This mechanism consists of a multiple button self-redefinitions:

a. The button is initially defined in such a way that it specifies what size and location the fust selected win- dow should have.

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b. Once a window is selected (by the cursor in most cases) the button is depressed which resizes the selected window and locates it at the LOCATION specified by the current button defmition.

c. Next, the button wiIl redefme itself in such a way that it specifies what size and location the next selected window should have.

d. The above steps can be repeated many times. The last one of the button redefinitions, will usually spec- ify what size and location the first selected window should h...