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Window Hierarchy Compression

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122728D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Scannell, P: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a technique for improving display and navigation among collections of windows in order to improve resolution of displayed information.

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Window Hierarchy Compression

      Provided is a technique for improving display and navigation
among collections of windows in order to improve resolution of
displayed information.

      Users are provided conventional windowing capabilities with a
"window hierarchy compression" control for navigation across a
collection of windows.  The control has the following features

      Each window displays one line of hierarchy information. When a
selection is made on the current window that requires displaying
hierarchic information in a new window, current window content is
collapsed to an icon, the icon for the collapsed window information
is displayed in the window, and the new information is displayed in
the window's data area.

      The technique is recursive in that if other hierarchic
information is required based upon selections in the current window,
then current information is collapsed to an icon and graphically
appended to the existing hierarchy information.

      Selection of any icon in the window hierarchy displays its
associated information in the window, where it is possible to display
multiple windows concurrently via augmentation techniques.

      Direct manipulation techniques can be applied to the icons in
the hierarchy.

      Benefits to the end user include new functionality and
flexibility, reduced window clutter, improved usability, reduced
worksteps for navigation, and reduced errors.

      Disclosed anonymously.