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Decaying Window Position Placement Algorithm

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104271D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coulombe, JS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a solution to the problem that the position of a window in a graphical user environment loses its significance and may even cause confusion, depending on the amount of time that has elapsed since the window was last displayed.

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Decaying Window Position Placement Algorithm

      Disclosed is a solution to the problem that the position of a
window in a graphical user environment loses its significance and may
even cause confusion, depending on the amount of time that has
elapsed since the window was last displayed.

      When a window is redisplayed in existing graphical user
environments, either the window is restored to the same position it
occupied the last time it was viewed, or it is redisplayed in a
position unrelated to the position it last occupied.

      This disclosure proposes having the position of a redisplayed
window change depending on the amount of time that has elapsed since
the window was last displayed.  In essence, the window position would
decay (e.g., logarithmically) from its last displayed position to a
standard position.

      For example, if a user closes a window that is placed to the
extreme right of their screen and redisplays that window again within
a short amount of time (e.g., one week), then the window will be
redisplayed in that same location on the user's screen.  If several
months pass before the user redisplays that window, then it would be
redisplayed at a standard location (e.g., in the center of the user's
screen).

      With this method, a user will see a window in its previous
location if the window is reopened within a short period of time.
However, if a significant amount of time passes, the window will
"give up" its previous loc...