Browse Prior Art Database

Window Shades: Surfacing Protection Technique

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110256D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Melkus, LA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A technique is disclosed to implement a control that would allow the user to activate a protect or shade control which prevents a window's being overlaid. Several implementation alternatives are possible: 1. Shade attribute - The user would be allowed to specify that a particular window would always be protected, or that a window would be protected during a single instance of use, i.e., from the time the shade attribute was turned on until the user closed the window. These two options might be made available in the system menu, where other choices which affect the window are available. An example of the use of this feature might be with a clock; the user who always wants the clock in view would select the option which specifies that the clock is always protected.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 61% of the total text.

Window Shades: Surfacing Protection Technique

       A technique is disclosed to implement a control that
would allow the user to activate a protect or shade control which
prevents a window's being overlaid.  Several implementation
alternatives are possible:
1.   Shade attribute - The user would be allowed to specify that a
particular window would always be protected, or that a window would
be protected during a single instance of use, i.e., from the time the
shade attribute was turned on until the user closed the window.
These two options might be made available in the system menu, where
other choices which affect the window are available.  An example of
the use of this feature might be with a clock; the user who always
wants the clock in view would select the option which specifies that
the clock is always protected.  Another user might, on a particular
day, choose to keep the daily calendar protected.
2.   Drag and drop icon - An icon would be available on the desktop
that users could drag and drop on windows they want protected.  An
indicator would then appear on the window to indicate that it was
protected.  To turn the protection off, the user could simply close
or minimize the window.
3.   Window shade indicator icon - A mini-icon could appear on the
window menu bar and act as a toggle switch to turn the protection on
and off.
4.   Variable shades - Users could directly manipulate the icon to
pull the shades down only partially.  This would protect...