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Controllable Scroll Bar Application Event Focus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012369D
Original Publication Date: 2003-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-May-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Typically, when a user is working with multiple applications, windows may overlap. In this situation, it is very easy for the user, in trying to scroll the application in front, to click the scrollbar of one of the underlying applications. This has two unintended bad side effects: 1. It brings the underlying application forward, and 2. It scrolls the underlying application. This creates a lot of screen flash, etc to user, as he was expecting the original focus application to scroll. This process can be very disconcerting to the user. This publication implements an improvement to the current art of processing scroll bars in an operating system. This improvements eliminates these problems with overlapped windows which display scrollbars.