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Automatic Tiling of Arbitrary Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110719D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Heyen, JG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A methodology is described which allows enabling or disabling an automatic tiling mode. When enabled, a configurable class of objects (e.g., icons, panels, windows, etc.) is automatically sized such that no object overlaps and the maximum reasonable size of the object is achieved.

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Automatic Tiling of Arbitrary Objects

      A methodology is described which allows enabling or disabling
an automatic tiling mode.  When enabled, a configurable class of
objects (e.g., icons, panels, windows, etc.) is automatically sized
such that no object overlaps and the maximum reasonable size of the
object is achieved.

      In certain cases, users of systems which provide window support
want the capability to entirely view all their current and any future
windows they may open on the desktop with no overlap.  This
capability will allow users to view all their opened windows
simultaneously and be able to choose a particular window without
having to move or resize other windows.  This could be a particular
advantage if a user has many applications opened at the same time and
wants to cut and paste from many different applications to create a
new object.  Another example is when a user wants to see the results
of applications which are tied together through a dynamic data link,
for example, without having to move and resize windows to select the
application.  A method for maximizing object size on a desktop while
at the same time guaranteeing no object overlap is needed.  Current
systems only allow users to tile open windows and objects with user
interaction.

      Users will be able to select the dynamic tiled mode at any
time.  When this is selected, all current objects will be resized and
tiled with no overlap on the desktop.  The size of each object is
determined by...