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Screen-Sharing Ring for Enhanced Multiple Application Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059601D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 14K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kuecker, WA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A means is provided for the user to logically control the display of multiple interactive applications by the employment of an intuitive, easily manipulated display management model. It is essential that the user of an interactive computing system which addresses multiple active interactive applications have easy access to the information generated by each application. Many different techniques have been used to accomplish this end. The first and most primitive approach is to start, execute and terminate applications serially. Any information derived from one application must be remembered by the user for use in another application. A second approach ("hot key") maintains display information and interactive characteristics of two or more applications concurrently.

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Screen-Sharing Ring for Enhanced Multiple Application Display

A means is provided for the user to logically control the display of multiple interactive applications by the employment of an intuitive, easily manipulated display management model. It is essential that the user of an interactive computing system which addresses multiple active interactive applications have easy access to the information generated by each application. Many different techniques have been used to accomplish this end. The first and most primitive approach is to start, execute and terminate applications serially. Any information derived from one application must be remembered by the user for use in another application. A second approach ("hot key") maintains display information and interactive characteristics of two or more applications concurrently. Each active application generates its displayable information as if it were the only active application, with the user maintaining the capability of sequentially selecting a given application for full screen display. A third approach ("screen sharing") provides for the display of two or more applications simultaneously with the display space divided among the current interactive applications. Updated information is placed on the proper portion of the display for each application. The system requires that the display area assigned to each application is sufficient to display all information generated by each application at any one time, or will provide a method to map the intersecting portion of each application's information as defined by the user to the display. Thus, the user is provided a scheme which allows him to see the information, or a portion thereof, generated by all applications at the same time. A fourth approach ("messy desk") considers each application's display information as an independent unit where the user can specify size, position on (or off) the display, and position in a "pile" of other display units. As each application's information is selected for viewing, it is located in its pile, placed on "top" of the other sheets in the pile, and is made visible on the screen based on a set of rules built into the supporting system. The screen-sharing ring model incorporates many of the features of the "hot key" and "screen sharing" methods, while avoiding the complexit...