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Invisible Logical Desktop Views

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104755D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Current art provides a mechanism to display a multiplicity of objects and/or their ICON representation on a desktop. Often, the desktop view becomes overcrowded and it becomes too difficult to locate objects on a cluttered desktop. Often, users wish to display logical views of a desktop that represent reasonable number of ICONs/view of the desktop while temporarily hiding the excess objects/ICONs from the viewing desktop.

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Invisible Logical Desktop Views

      Current art provides a mechanism to display a multiplicity of
objects and/or their ICON representation on a desktop.  Often, the
desktop view becomes overcrowded and it becomes too difficult to
locate objects on a cluttered desktop.  Often, users wish to display
logical views of a desktop that represent reasonable number of
ICONs/view of the desktop while temporarily hiding the excess
objects/ICONs from the viewing desktop.

      This article describes a mechanism to enable viewing of
different logical grouping of the ICONs on a single desktop by
logically hiding the previous groupings from the users' viewing CRT
display.  This includes a Registry Service that keeps track of
subsets of ICONs to be displayed on a desktop for each logical
grouping.  Each logical view of the desktop contains a subset of the
ICONs grouped by the user-specified criteria, e.g., time interval,
number of ICONs in each group, function, etc.

      Users may select the display of the logical views of their
desktop from a Desktop State List.  As the user scrolls up and down
the Desktop State List for selection, the Logical Desktop views of
the logical groupings appear/disappear on the CRT display.  Display
of each grouping makes the ICONs of the other groupings temporarily
disappear from the viewing display i.e., make them invisible.  This
mechanism emphasizes the "logical hiding" rather than "physical
removal" of ICONs from a desktop.  In add...