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Three-Dimensional Windows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114575D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

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Abstract

Almost all Graphical User Intefaces (GUI) in use today present information in windows. These windows are two-dimensional information spaces. When representing three-dimensional data, the data must be warped to fit the two-dimensional window. This may be an inaccurate presentation which affects how the data is interpreted and also affects the ease with which the user can make sense of the data.

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Three-Dimensional Windows

      Almost all Graphical User Intefaces (GUI) in use today present
information in windows.  These windows are two-dimensional
information
spaces.  When representing three-dimensional data, the data must be
warped to fit the two-dimensional window.  This may be an inaccurate
presentation which affects how the data is interpreted and also
affects
the ease with which the user can make sense of the data.

      For example, you would like to present the user with a
spherical three-space map of the world.  Presenting this information
in a two-dimensional window produces that same problems that occur
when printing a world map on paper.  Namely, the size and shape of
the land masses will be distorted.  Various projections can be used
to reduce the distortion, but no projection provides an accurate
representation.  Presenting the map in a three-dimensional view such
as on a globe allows an accurate representation.

      The present invention is to provide three-dimensional windows
for displaying three-dimensional data.  These windows will be
represented using three-dimensional graphics systems.  For instance,
the world map described above would be rendered as a sphere.  Other
shapes may be used depending on the inherent "shape" of the data.
The shape of the window conforms to the shape of the data.  The
window can have a sizing border and title bar which conforms to the
shape of the window.  For example, a spherical window would...