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Window Management Techniques

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044835D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berry, RE: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

By providing complementary techniques for both novice and expert keyboard/display workstation users, window management systems can offer "walk-up-and-use" capability as well as highly efficient "fast-path" techniques.

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Window Management Techniques

By providing complementary techniques for both novice and expert keyboard/display workstation users, window management systems can offer "walk-up-and-use" capability as well as highly efficient "fast-path" techniques.

Current window management techniques are typically oriented towards either ease of learning or efficiency of use. Those techniques which are characteristically fast and efficient, such as those using icons, are not obvious to the uninitiated user, and techniques which prompt a novice through the necessary steps are too tedious for an experienced user.

A solution to the above problem is to provide a direct, fast, and efficient technique for an experienced user and allow the technique to be invoked via a labelled action button by a novice. When invoked via the action button, the technique prompts the user through the desired steps and provides additional visual feedback as to where to position pointers, etc.

The novice user is therefore "trainee" in the expert technique by the system itself and can bypass the novice invocation approach as confidence is gained.

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