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Invisible Windows - Tiles on the Desktop

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105680D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 265K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for distinguishing the currently active window from the number of inactive windows is disclosed. The window that is currently being worked on is shown as a full and normal window, distinguishing it clearly from all other inactive windows in the environment.

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Invisible Windows - Tiles on the Desktop

      A method for distinguishing the currently active window from
the number of inactive windows is disclosed.  The window that is
currently being worked on is shown as a full and normal window,
distinguishing it clearly from all other inactive windows in the
environment.

      In a graphical user environment, a user is presented with icons
that represent objects.  A user can open these objects to see their
contents.  In today's environment, each object is opened into its own
window.  This requires the use of a large amount of screen real
estate for each object that is opened.  Without a large screen
monitor, a user is effectively limited to the number of objects whose
contents can be seen at any given time.

      This proposes two types of windows, which is determined based
on whether the window in question is currently in use or not.  These
two types are: Invisible and Minimalist.

o   Invisible:  When a user is not currently working with an object,
    there is no visual indication that the object resides in a
    window.  The most important aspect of the object, the data,
    remains for a user to refer to it, while the screen real estate
    is minimized to show more of the object that a user is currently
    working with.  In order to reduce possible user confusion over
    which contents belong together, the background of the windows may
    differ from the background of the screen...