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Method for Automatic Presentation Shift Change

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110362D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

With the advent of multiple applications being displayed in a desktop environment, there is need to periodically relocate objects on a desktop. This method allows the user to see information that resides under an object. Prior methods included techniques whereby the user can contract, expand and move objects to have a better perspective of the desktop environment. Prior methods required the user to manually select objects for relocation within the environment.

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Method for Automatic Presentation Shift Change

       With the advent of multiple applications being displayed
in a desktop environment, there is need to periodically relocate
objects on a desktop.  This method allows the user to see information
that resides under an object.  Prior methods included techniques
whereby the user can contract, expand and move objects to have a
better perspective of the desktop environment.  Prior methods
required the user to manually select objects for relocation within
the environment.

      This article describes a mechanism that periodically relocates
objects within a desktop environment.  This relocation movement would
allow certain objects to be periodically uncovered.  This allows the
user to be aware of objects that were obstructed.  This mechanism
allows the user to set time intervals by which objects would
periodically relocate themselves on the desktop.

      This method employs a technique by which the objects/icons are
moved to strategic locations.  Free Space sectors are defined and/or
designated as available for potential occupying objects.  Upon moving
an object, the service would calculate the area of Free Space regions
and determine which objects can be located in the Free Space regions.
Furthermore, Overlay Regions can be defined by the service.  Overlay
Regions are those regions in which one or more objects are
obstructing the view of other objects.

      This methodology allows the service to move only the objects
that obstruct other objects.  This service can be provided upon
request by the user, o...