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Non-Opaque Selection Method for Concealed Window Resources

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112658D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 6 page(s) / 135K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bates, CL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method for locating concealed windows is disclosed. All window resources are displayed using a special mode that allows selecting the appropriate window.

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Non-Opaque Selection Method for Concealed Window Resources

      A method for locating concealed windows is disclosed.  All
window resources are displayed using a special mode that allows
selecting the appropriate window.

      This is a mechanism that provides a way for users to search for
a window without changing the arrangement of the windows on the
display at all.

      When the user needs to switch to a different window, a mode is
started that displays all window frames and their titles in the
system.  Since the contents of the windows (other than the title) are
not shown, it is possible to see all of the frames and titles in the
window system.  Often when the user sees the size and location of the
window, with the title, he knows that this is the one he is looking
for.

      Once the user has an idea where the window he wants is located,
he simply positions the mouse pointer on the frame or title bar and
selects it.  At this time, the selected window will be brought to the
front of the other windows, and the windowing system will be restored
to normal operating mode.

      Fig. 1 is an example of the user's display.  The user wishes to
change to Window Number5.  But Window Number5 is not visible.

The current Z-Order of the windows is:

1.  Window Number3

2.  Window Number2

3.  Window Number4

4.  Window Number1

5.  Window Number5

The user invokes the mode described in our invention (see Fig. 2).

      Now the window frame and tit...