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Simple Method of Directly Accessing Stacked Workstation Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104678D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henderson Jr, JG: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method for accessing stacked workstation windows is disclosed. By clicking on the window title bar and moving the mouse, covered windows can be exposed and reordered. The title bar will also indicate the number of obscured windows.

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Simple Method of Directly Accessing Stacked Workstation Windows

      A method for accessing stacked workstation windows is
disclosed.  By clicking on the window title bar and moving the mouse,
covered windows can be exposed and reordered.  The title bar will
also indicate the number of obscured windows.

      When using multiple applications in a work station windowing
environment, it is very likely that windows can become stacked.  It
can be cumbersome to access windows that are partially or fully
obscured.  Additionally, if windows are totally covered, the user may
not know if, or how many, windows exist below the top window.

This method is composed of two features:

1.  If a window covers any other window, it's title bar will contain
    a "Z order box" (see Fig. 1).  The Z order defines the visual
    stacking order of the windows.  The bottom window's Z order is
    zero.  The next window's Z order is one.  The top window's (the
    window that is totally uncovered) would be N-1, where N is the
    total number of stacked windows.  The Z order box resides next to
    and left of any minimize or maximize boxes if they are present.
    The "Z order box" is composed of the Z order number, so the user
    knows the number of underlying windows, and a graphic depicting a
    stack of papers.  If there are no underlying windows, the Z order
    box is not displayed.

2.  If the user clicks the mouse on the Z order box and mov...