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Bidirectional Session Context Guidance Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111511D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

With the advent of multitasking desktop environments, users are provided means for navigating to and from different sessions or tasks. For example, many systems provide the ALT-ESC key sequence to switch from one operating session to another. In addition, some systems provide task lists from which the user can select a session as a foreground process. However, such systems either define the direction for navigation, as in the case of ALT-ESC, or the user must access an intermediate menu, as in the case of a task list.

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Bidirectional Session Context Guidance Mechanism

      With the advent of multitasking desktop environments, users are
provided means for navigating to and from different sessions or
tasks.  For example, many systems provide the ALT-ESC key sequence to
switch from one operating session to another.  In addition, some
systems provide task lists from which the user can select a session
as a foreground process.  However, such systems either define the
direction for navigation, as in the case of ALT-ESC, or the user must
access an intermediate menu, as in the case of a task list.

      Users desire mechanisms by which they can navigate from session
to session taking the shortest path possible or shorter paths to a
desired session.  For example, if the user has 20 active sessions and
the user is located on session 2, but desires to be located within
session 1, prior methods require the user to:

          1)   ALT-ESC, n-1 times (19) to the desired location or

          2)   access a task list and then subsequently access the
               session from the task list

      This article describes a method and apparatus by which the
task-switching mechanism is bidirectional.  In addition, select tasks
may be skipped for direct session access.  The user can forward or
reverse direction into a specified session.  As previously stated, a
user knowing a specified window can request an exclusion of
subsequent sessions.  A Bidirect...