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Method and procedure of displaying the titles of open tabs when the window/interface is minimized

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000183364D
Original Publication Date: 2009-May-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-May-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed a new methodology for showing multiple tab title information when the window is in the minimized state. The advantage of using this proposed invention is that the user will be aware that the minimized window contains more than one open document. Also, the user will be able to see the titles of all the open documents that currently exist within the minimized window.

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Method and procedure of displaying the titles of open tabs when the window /interface is minimized

Disclosed is a new methodology for showing multiple tab title information when a window is in the minimized state. The advantage of using this invention is that the user will be aware that the minimized window contains more than one open document. Also, the user will be able to see the titles of all the open documents that currently exist within the minimized window.

A tab is a widget or control used to switch between documents within a window. A tabbed interface is one that can open multiple documents to be contained within a single window, facilitating navigation between documents, and preventing the user from having to open and close new top-level windows. Each new document is opened under a new "tab". This interface style has become very popular with web browsers, web applications, and text editors. One disadvantage of tabbed interfaces is that when the window is "minimized" (the window's size is reduced to a small rectangle with an icon and a title, and usually placed in the main screen's task bar), the user cannot see the titles of the other opened documents (or tabs) within the window, except for the one that was last in focus. This invention proposes ways to show the titles of all the open tabs within a window when this window is minimized.

Currently, there are no known solutions to this problem. The work-around would be for the user to maximize the window in order to be aware of all the tabs that exist within a window.

This invention proposes new methods for showing multiple tab title information when the window is in the "minimized" state. The advantage of using this invention is that the user will be aware that the minimized window contains more than one open document. Also, the user will be able to see the titles of all the open documents that currently exist within the minimized window. This invention creates a more user-friendly design by presenting the user with compacted useful information on each mini...