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Wrapped Window Display Method for Viewing Wide Angle Multimedia Material

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111279D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gibson, KP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Viewing wide angle and panoramic graphical material on a multimedia computer system (such as a workstation or personal computer) can be difficult if the aspect ratio of the material produces an image that is too wide to be displayed on the computer system screen. If the system provides a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that uses a windowing metaphor, the width of the window is bounded by the width of the screen. This method improves upon the GUI prior art by adding a window wrapping feature.

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Wrapped Window Display Method for Viewing Wide Angle Multimedia Material

      Viewing wide angle and panoramic graphical material on a
multimedia computer system (such as a workstation or personal
computer) can be difficult if the aspect ratio of the material
produces an image that is too wide to be displayed on the computer
system screen.  If the system provides a Graphical User Interface
(GUI) that uses a windowing metaphor, the width of the window is
bounded by the width of the screen.  This method improves upon the
GUI prior art by adding a window wrapping feature.

      Viewing wide angle and panoramic graphical material on a
multimedia computer system (such as a workstation or personal
computer) can be difficult if the aspect ratio of the material
produces an image that is too wide to be displayed on the computer
system screen.  If the system provides a Graphical User Interface
that uses a windowing metaphor, the width of the window is bounded by
the width of the screen.

      This method improves upon the GUI prior art by adding a window
wrapping feature.  In most windowing GUI systems, a window can be
widened by selecting the frame of the window with a pointing device
such as a mouse and pulling the frame to enlarge or reduce the
window.

      If the material is too wide to be viewed in a window that has
reached the boundary of the screen, the action of pulling the window
beyond the boundary of the screen will cause the window to "wrap".
If the right frame of the window is pulled beyond the right edge of
the display, the right frame of the window will appear on the left
edge of the screen with the top frame of the "wrapped" portion of the
window below the bottom of the "original" portion of the window.

      This method can be applied in a similar manner to other
directions (left/right/up/down).

               Starting State

  Left       |          I----------------------I | Right

  Screen     |          I  Window              I | Screen

  Boundary   |          I----------------------I | Boundary
                |                                   |
                |                                   |
                |                           ...