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Method to allow a selected region in a window to be blended with another window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013266D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jun-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes a method to select a region in a window so a window underneath can be viewed.

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Method to allow a selected region in a window to be blended with another window

Windows are often used in a graphical user interface to allow the user to see multiple programs on the screen at the same time. When using windows, it is common that a window may become obscured with another window that is on top. It is known that transparent windows can be used to see other windows that are underneath the transparent window. The problem is that the user may not want the whole window to be transparent. The user needs a way to select a regionin a window so the window or desktop underneath can be seen without removing or obscuring the contents of the window that is on top.

The solution to the problem is to allow the user to select a region in a window that will be blended with the window or desktop below it. First, the user notifies the operating system or window manager that a region on a window will be selected. The user may use a command, a menu selection or a menu button to indicate that a region will be selected. Then a pointing device such as a mouse is used to allow the user to select the region on the window by pressing the mouse button to indicate one corner of the region and then dragging the mouse and depressing the mouse button to indicate the opposite corner. The selected region is blended with the windows or desktop that lie underneath the selected region. The blending is either done by the window manager or the operating system. Since every pixel in the...