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Window Mini-Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102462D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berry, RE: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The Window Mini-Icon provides an iconic representation of the window view. This provides for direct manipulation and menu actions on the window view.

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Window Mini-Icon

       The Window Mini-Icon provides an iconic representation of
the window view.  This provides for direct manipulation and menu
actions on the window view.

      This invention applies to graphical windowing computer user
interfaces.  Current applications provide functions to work with an
object shown in a window.  Current applications also provide for
direct manipulation of the window itself.

      Direct manipulation of windows in current systems merely
reposition the window.  Particularly because of the large size of
windows, allowing any other interactions presents usability problems,
since users may inadvertently reposition a window over an object,
such as a trash can, which could cause an undesired action to result.

      However, it is at times desirable to be able to work with a
window as an object that can be directly manipulated to some target,
such as a trash can or a printer.

      It may also be desirable to get a context menu (pop-up menu) of
actions appropriate to the window itself, rather than its contents.

      Users are provided with conventional support for icons and
windows.  In addition, a Window Mini-Icon is provided with:
1.  The capability of representing the window view for the purposes
of direct manipulation and context menu actions. Examples include:
      A.  Discard of a window by direct manipulation of the Window
Mini-Icon to the trash can.
      B.  Minimizing the window by direct manipulation of the Window
Mini-Icon to the desktop.
      C.  Copying the window by direct manipulation of the window
Mini-Icon with the copy key pressed.
      D.  Maximizing the window by using the Window Mini-Icon to
produce a context menu with the maxi...