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All Windows Transparent

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112674D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Martin, SL: AUTHOR

Abstract

In a graphical interface, object icons on the desktop are often obscured by overlying windows. In the Figure, the user is provided with a mechanism which temporarily makes all open windows transparent and allows interaction with the desktop icons. Open windows are reduced to borders and become non-functional, while maintaining their current arrangement along the X, Y, and Z axes. Any icons contained in the windows disappear when the windows become transparent. The revealed desktop icons are accessible "through" the transparent windows. The process allows the user to interact with these icons without disturbing the window arrangement on the screen. Because the window frames remain visible, the user can rearrange the desktop icons around the array of transparent windows if he so desires.

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All Windows Transparent

      In a graphical interface, object icons on the desktop are often
obscured by overlying windows.  In the Figure, the user is provided
with a mechanism which temporarily makes all open windows transparent
and allows interaction with the desktop icons.  Open windows are
reduced to borders and become non-functional, while maintaining their
current arrangement along the X, Y, and Z axes.  Any icons contained
in the windows disappear when the windows become transparent.  The
revealed desktop icons are accessible "through" the transparent
windows.  The process allows the user to interact with these icons
without disturbing the window arrangement on the screen.  Because the
window frames remain visible, the user can rearrange the desktop
icons around the array of transparent windows if he so desires.

      When the system is in the "all windows transparent" mode, only
desktop objects are visible and accessible.

      Access mechanisms for this function are dependent on the
requirements of the application.  The "safest" mechanism (least
likely to be entered into inadvertently) would be a spring-loaded key
combination in which the transparent window state is maintained while
the specified keyboard keys were depressed.  For expert users or
special applications, the state could be made static, and accessible
by a menu choice or a "switch" on the screen or keyboard.

      This article replaces the one published in the IBM Technical...