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Technique for Visual Connection of Interdependent Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037414D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Torres, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a technique for visual and graphical indication of interrelated windows compared to conventional techniques which do not provide visual cues to users of flow of data and control between windows.

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Technique for Visual Connection of Interdependent Windows

Provided is a technique for visual and graphical indication of interrelated windows compared to conventional techniques which do not provide visual cues to users of flow of data and control between windows.

The technique provides a graphic connection between one window and one or more others. The graphic indicator is visually displayed as a directional "arrow" which shows the flow of data and control from one window to another. In cases where data is entered in one window and is displayed in another, the entered data is shown to flow from the input source to the interconnected source. If flow of control changes, then the direction of the arrow changes.

In cases where data does not flow but where a completed action or command in one window changes another, the data flow is not indicated. For example, if a command area window accepts commands that apply to another window, the affected window is attached visually to the command area window.

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The benefits to the user are reduced keystroking to complete commands in windowing environments, a visual technique to remind users of connected windows, and reduced errors due to problem avoidance.

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