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Icon Park

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122350D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hillis, RG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a window system for displaying icons wherein all icons are contained in a full functional window.

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Icon Park

      Described is a window system for displaying icons wherein all
icons are contained in a full functional window.

      The icon park concept is a new concept of representing window
status in a window system.  The icon park is a window that contains
all active icons in a window system in one general-purpose window.
Other window systems use icons and display the image on a screen as
an individual image.  These images appear only after the window it
represents is removed or hidden from view.  In the icon park all
icons can be visible whether the window is visible or not.  The icon
park is a functional window that can be moved, scrolled and resized.

      The icons in the park are color-coded to indicate if the window
it represents is visible or not.  In the closed state the icons
inherit the color associated with the window.  In an open state the
icons take on a black and white color.

      The park has the ability to resurface an open but hidden window
from the background screen.  This is done by clicking on a black and
white icon in the park.

      The icon park can be moved to any position on the screen like
any other window.  The icons can be scrolled in the park left or
right.  A scenario sheet explains the scrolling details.  The icon
park can resize the length of the screen or the park can be reduced
to at least one icon.  The park is fully functional in either size.

      The format of the icons in the park are as f...