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Method for Re-Attaching a Tear-Off Window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117382D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Abdallah, N: AUTHOR [+8]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for re-attaching a detached tear-off window to the main window of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) application in a computing system by dragging the detached window back to its proper spot on the main window.

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Method for Re-Attaching a Tear-Off Window

      Disclosed is a method for re-attaching a detached tear-off
window to the main window of a Graphical User Interface (GUI)
application in a computing system by dragging the detached window
back to its proper spot on the main window.

      In this context, a "tear-off" window is a window that can be
attached to the main window in such a way that dragging the main
window with a pointing device causes the tear-off window to move
along with the main window.  However, dragging the tear-off window
directly causes the two windows to separate, so that the tear-off
window can be moved away from the main window.  After the windows are
separated in this way, dragging the main window does not move the
tear-off window.

      Also in this context, the "main" window is, for example, a
"LaunchPad," which is an OS/2* Warp Workplace Shell* object used to
facilitate access to frequently-used objects and application
programs, having a set of pushbuttons for important system actions
and a button bar of object icons.

      With the presently-disclosed method, the computing system
tracks the location of a detached tear-off window as it is dragged
toward a docking place on the main window.  When the tear-off window
is close enough to the docking place, the computing system overrides
the drag operation and re-attaches the tear-off window by snapping it
into it's docking position.  As the drag operation is overridden, the
depressio...