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Graphical Window List System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104528D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coulombe, JS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for presenting a list of windows currently active on a graphical user interface, while highlighting their relationships, is presented.

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Graphical Window List System

      A method for presenting a list of windows currently active on a
graphical user interface, while highlighting their relationships, is
presented.

      Normally, a user sees the active and visible windows on their
screen face-on.  Hidden windows do not appear at all.  All of the
windows are then listed by name in a textual list of the windows
available to a user through a common command.  This solution proposes
that a user additionally be provided a graphical representation of
all of the windows active on their system, whether currently visible
or not.  Upon command, a user's screen would appear to turn on its
edge.  This would have the effect of showing all of the user's
windows on edge at the same time.  The windows would appear as
vertical bars.  Vertically aligned text could identify each of the
windows.  The placement of the windows (as bars) could either remain
consistent with their current placement on the screen, or could be
changed to reflect the window hierarchy.

      This solution can present the active window information in a
way that is more usable and more easily understandable.  It can also
present more information than is possible in the small text window of
an existing window list.  Additionally, access to it should be faster
than other methods.

Disclosed Anonymously.