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Managing Display of Multiple Objects when using a Touch Screen

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108791D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Roosken, CA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of accessing and displaying multiple objects on a touch display screen, when each of the objects individually requires most of the screen space available.

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Managing Display of Multiple Objects when using a Touch Screen

       Disclosed is a method of accessing and displaying
multiple objects on a touch display screen, when each of the objects
individually requires most of the screen space available.

      One reason that windowing-system user interfaces are so popular
today is because they allow users access to multiple objects at any
time.  With a windowing-system, a user can switch from interacting
with one object to another easily. When a user returns to interact
with an object again, it will have remained in the exact state it was
in when they left it.

      Applications written for touch screens typically require larger
amounts of screen space for interactive areas such as buttons,
keyboards, and other selectable choices than applications written for
input devices such as keyboards or mice.  As a result,
windowing-systems are often not used for touch applications because
of the requirements for screen space, the physical difficulties of
manipulating windows with a touch screen, and the complexities of
understanding and managing windows. As a result, touch applications
typically have full-screen user interfaces that only allow access to
objects one at a time.

      With a windowing-system, when a full-screen interface is used,
a user typically must close the object they are using by backing out
of its menu hierarchy, select another object to interact with, and
then traverse down the menus of the new object.  This is repeated for
each change of obj...