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Method for Redirecting an Input Window to a Selected Target Window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113576D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 75K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lection, D: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for allowing the user to select a target window to which output is to be directed from another window being the input window. A selection widget is added to the title bar of the said input window. The user drags from the widget to the target window, thus connecting the two windows and defining where the output should be directed.

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Method for Redirecting an Input Window to a Selected Target Window

      Disclosed is a method for allowing the user to select a target
window to which output is to be directed from another window being
the input window.  A selection widget is added to the title bar of
the said input window.  The user drags from the widget to the target
window, thus connecting the two windows and defining where the output
should be directed.

      Certain applications require the enablement of input to a
selected window or to another application.  Problems arise concerning
how an application defines its target window when it is up and
running.  Furthermore, a method of user control and feedback may be
required when the user is required to define the target input window
selection.  A popup keyboard, which allows the user to select buttons
representing characters, is an example of an application requiring
the selection of an input window or another application.  As these
buttons are selected, the associated characters are send to a
predefined window or application.  Another example of such an
application is the Handwriting Pad, which allows a user to write
normally with a device called a "pen", providing a result understood
by the system as true system-defined characters.  A target window of
application must be defined for these characters, which are captured,
understood, and translated by the Handwriting Pad.

      The target window should not be defined as the window having
the focus, since some applications, such as the Handwriting Pad, must
have the focus to operate, although they do not send the output to
themselves.  The Handwriting Pad requires the focus to enable input
onto the Handwriting Pad through a keyboard device.  Furthermore, the
target window shoul...