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Focus Ratio for Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109677D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bates, CL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method for sizing windows based on their current state is disclosed. When a window goes from the active state (in focus) to the inactive state (out of focus), its size is reduced by a predetermined ratio. When a non-active window is made active, it is enlarged by the same ratio so that it is the same size as it was originally.

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Focus Ratio for Windows

       A method for sizing windows based on their current state
is disclosed.  When a window goes from the active state (in focus) to
the inactive state (out of focus), its size is reduced by a
predetermined ratio.  When a non-active window is made active, it is
enlarged by the same ratio so that it is the same size as it was
originally.

      One problem with a windowed environment is that the windows
that are higher on the stack (Z-order) can cover many windows behind
them.  This can make it hard for the user to find the window that he
or she wants.

      A focus ratio will help keep windows from becoming hidden by
making the inactive windows smaller.  When a window goes out of focus
(made inactive), it is made smaller by the preset ratio.  When the
window is brought back into focus, its size is increased by the the
same ratio.  This ratio can be adjusted by the user to suit his or
her needs.  By having the inactive windows become smaller, fewer
windows are hidden and it is easier for the user to find the window
that he or she is looking for.  (Without the focus ratio, even if the
user knew where a hidden window was, he or she may have to move other
windows out of the way to access the hidden window.  The focus ratio
could allow the user direct access to this window.)  In the following
example, there is a particular focus ratio associated with each
window, but there could have been one overall ratio associated with
each use...