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Edgeless Desktop

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103564D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, S: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A methodology is described for an edgeless desktop interface.

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Edgeless Desktop

       A methodology is described for an edgeless desktop
interface.

      Referring to Fig. 1, which shows successive views of a display
screen, objects which are dragged to the left, right, bottom or top
edge appear on the opposite edge and continue moving in the same
direction they were moving in when encountering an edge.  The object
only appears on the opposite side when the mouse cursor is moved
beyond the desktop edge.  If the mouse cursor remains on the desktop
(i.e., not moved beyond edge), then the object it is positioned over
may have portions which disappear out of sight.  Dragging/moving
desktop objects is facilitated with a mouse as well as other means,
such as keyboard, voice commands, etc.  A user often must manipulate
objects with respect to each other so that organization and
accessibility is maximized.  Any method for facilitating desktop
organization and object accessibility is desirable.  A method which
may reduce user interaction and object manipulation is desirable.

      This methodology is implemented in the mouse device driver and
Presentation Manager* (i.e., user interface services).  The mouse
device driver is enabled for traversing from edge to edge when
appropriate and the objects are enabled for hiding or reappearing on
the opposite edge as appropriate.

      Those skilled in the art recognize a variety of edge direction
behaviors could be configured such that beyond top edge appears on
right edge, b...