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Window Closing Animations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116755D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cline, TL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

When a user closes a window in a graphical user interface, the window disappears from the desktop with no feedback. A technique for providing feedback is needed to reinforce to the user that the window has closed.

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Window Closing Animations

      When a user closes a window in a graphical user interface, the
window disappears from the desktop with no feedback.  A technique for
providing feedback is needed to reinforce to the user that the window
has closed.

      The present invention is to use animations to provide window
closing feedback.  Animations have previously been applied to other
window events such as opening and minimizing.  An example on the OS/2
Warp* and the Apple Macintosh** operating systems is to grow a
rectangle out from an icon until it reaches the borders of a window
then display the window.

Three alternative animations are proposed for window closing
feedback:
  o  Scale the window down so that it shrinks until it disappears.
  o  Shatter the window like a pane of glass.
  o  Melt the window as if exposed to intense heat.

These animations may be accompanied by appropriate sound effects.
   *  Trademark of IBM Corp.
  **  Trademark of Apple Corp.