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Method and Metaphor for Securing Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111822D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Prior art enables users to secure workstations or pre-specified objects on their desktop by associating certain locking mechanisms with certain objects or applications. One embodiment of this prior art allows users to secure certain objects by hiding them on the desktop, and additional prior art allows windows to be hidden in various ways, such as making them invisible but keeping them in the task list. However, users need a method to dynamically change the amount of the window that is hidden, as well as an easily recognized metaphor for this operation. For example, the user might want three windows on the desktop simultaneously, where each one is showing a multimedia presentation.

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Method and Metaphor for Securing Windows

      Prior art enables users to secure workstations or pre-specified
objects on their desktop by associating certain locking mechanisms
with certain objects or applications.  One embodiment of this prior
art allows users to secure certain objects by hiding them on the
desktop, and additional prior art allows windows to be hidden in
various ways, such as making them invisible but keeping them in the
task list.  However, users need a method to dynamically change the
amount of the window that is hidden, as well as an easily recognized
metaphor for this operation.  For example, the user might want three
windows on the desktop simultaneously, where each one is showing a
multimedia presentation.  The user wants to temporarily focus
attention on Window 1, but without removing the other ones or making
them invisible, because the user will shortly want to focus the
attention on them.  Also, a user might want to hide only the top or
bottom part of a window.

      This system provides the user with the ability to hide a window
using a Venetian blind metaphor and control.  The Blind Control (BC)
covers the window with a Venetian blind which has a handle for
opening and closing the blind, and a dragable rope for raising and
lowering the blind.  The user uses the mouse on the handle to open
and close the blind, which can be only partially open.  The user uses
the mouse on the rope to reveal more or less of the window.

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