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Slide-Attachments of Secondary or Tool Palette Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111958D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method for attaching a secondary or otherwise associated window to the outside of its owning window's border is described. The process will keep the secondary or associated window out of the way of the contents of the primary window, while still staying close to it so its association with the owning window is clear.

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Slide-Attachments of Secondary or Tool Palette Windows

      A method for attaching a secondary or otherwise associated
window to the outside of its owning window's border is described.
The process will keep the secondary or associated window out of the
way of the contents of the primary window, while still staying close
to it so its association with the owning window is clear.

      The process proposes that a user have hooks that attach any two
windows' borders together.  These hooks are available in the title
bar or as a tool item that can be associated with any given dependent
window (such as a secondary or tool palette window).  Once attached,
they remain open as they are not yet attached to any given side.
Once a user decides which side they should belong to, the user simply
drags that hook visual indicator to the desired border.  The
dependent window then is hooked to that given border.  If only one
hook is attached, then the dependent window must either remain with
the hooked edge of the dependent window or hooked to the border of
the parent window.  This would allow the dependent window to swing
around the corners to ride along the rail of the border, encircling
the object.

      Once two hooks are attached, however, the window must remain
along the one edge to which the second hook was attached.  This is
because the window cannot metaphorically bend around a corner while
tied down in two spots.  Fig. 5.  Usefulness of a two ties between a
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