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Integrated Smart Steps Application Model

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122827D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 155K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hicks, JT: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The Internet and the World Wide Web today dominate the computer industry. All major software companies are committing significant resources to the development of applications that run on the Internet.

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Integrated Smart Steps Application Model

      The Internet and the World Wide Web today dominate the computer
industry.  All major software companies are committing significant
resources to the development of applications that run on the
Internet.

      One of the more prevalent side effects of this shift towards
the Internet application model is a change in the application's user
interface model to a web-based model, away from the Win32 application
model.  The Win32* model popularized the notion of using overlapped
windows to represent each application

      The web-based user interface or browser model is shifting the
application display paradigm away from overlapped windows to a single
window per application, with all of the applications windows stored
as a "stack of cards" in the browser window.  The browser allows the
user to navigate forward and backward through the stack of windows
one single application window at a time.  Some browsers also allow
access to specific applications in the task via buttons on a task
bar.  This application model is called a constrained application
model.  Each application window is constrained to the browsers
display space and not allowed to overlap another application's
window.

      The constrained application model presents new user interface
design challenges.  Since there is only one application display area
it becomes a problem to display two windows within the browser.  For
example, when the user requires application help.  The help panel
will either share the application display area of the browser with
the application, or temporarily replace the application in the
display area.

      The challenge is to design an application model that more
explicitly guides the user while using the application, minimizing or
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