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OS/2: Contextual Animated Open Window Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107966D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 103K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smith, MD: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

OS/2* Presentation Manager* lacks a method for creating and displaying a window in a contextual animated-open fashion with respect to another opened window.

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OS/2: Contextual Animated Open Window Control

       OS/2* Presentation Manager* lacks a method for creating
and displaying a window in a contextual animated-open fashion with
respect to another opened window.

      The OS/2 Presentation Manager (PM) is a graphical windowing
environment.  Software applications display their information and
interact with users within various windows. There are two main window
types available for applications to make use of within PM.  They are
the standard window and the dialog box.  These window types display
in a pop-up fashion and where they pop-up can be specified by the
application or left up to PM.

      This article describes an OS/2 Presentation Manager enhancement
which allows applications to create windows and have them display in
a contextual sense with animation.  The created window is
contextually associated with another currently opened window.  The
window gives further contextual association indication at close time.

      The contextual animated-open window opens by gradual expansion
from a single point.  The expansion begins as a point and develops
into an expanding rectangular outline. The outline becomes the new
window's border upon completion of the expansion process.  When
expansion is completed, the new window paints itself.  This process
gives the desired effect of associating the new window with the point
from which growth began.  The application specifies the location of
the point according to the inherent context of the newly created
window.  By specifying the point of expansion, the application opens
the new window in context with the window which previously had focus.
In the OS/2 Presentation Manager environment, only one window may be
active at a time.  The active window is defined as having the focus.

      When closing a contextual animated-open window, the application
using the control has the option of specifying that the window close
itself through gradual reduction of its rectangular border.  The
reduction proceeds opposite of the expansion process but the origin
point is the same.  The reduction gradually proceeds until the
rectangular outline is a point in the original window and following
that, the point disappears.  During reduction, the contextual window
does not exist so only the outline should be dis...