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Visual Definition of Screen Structures

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060868D
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR

Abstract

An arrangement is described for use with an interactive data processing system which establishes a visual definition for screen structures in order to distinguish the use of lines to define multiple screen structures as single entities instead of multiple entities. In multiple window systems, lines are used to define the borders of their windows, pop structures, and areas within these structures. Typically, these lines connect at all intersection points to form, what appears to the operator to be, a single screen structure with multiple pieces instead of multiple structures with multiple pieces. Fig. 1 is a simple example of such a screen.

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Visual Definition of Screen Structures

An arrangement is described for use with an interactive data processing system which establishes a visual definition for screen structures in order to distinguish the use of lines to define multiple screen structures as single entities instead of multiple entities. In multiple window systems, lines are used to define the borders of their windows, pop structures, and areas within these structures. Typically, these lines connect at all intersection points to form, what appears to the operator to be, a single screen structure with multiple pieces instead of multiple structures with multiple pieces. Fig. 1 is a simple example of such a screen. To emphasize the existence of multiple structures while preserving the definition of multiple pieces within these structures, lines within structures are connected to form one cohesive unit, and lines that would typically intersect with separate structures are not joined. Fig. 2 illustrates how the screen in Fig. 1 would be modified with the new arrangement.

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