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Method, system, and program product for automatically scaling the view within panes of a management console

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014868D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Disclosed is a method, system, and product description for automatically scaling windows with in a management console. This involves the contents of a window automatically re-scaling as the tiling arrangement changes, so the user is not confronted with scroll bars on the panes. With the increased resolution and size of monitors, it is now possible for users to capitalize on tiled windows to work on multiple applications or tasks. Using thumbnails or static sized windows robs the user of ready access to the full information in the pane. A solution is to automatically scale the contents of each pane displayed in a tiled configuration, as shown in the Figure. Thus, the user sees the complete contents of each window, just in a more miniature version. If they need to see things larger, they could size or maximize that pane. A typical scenario is when a user has multiple panes open in a tiled console. The panes are open because the user needs the information in them to perform the task being worked on. A critical piece of information in the systems management application area, for example, is the current status of the various devices being managed. By using the resizing methodology all of the information is available to the user all of the time. If the panes had scroll bars then the information may be in the off screen portion and, the scroll bars themselves take up valuable screen real estate. By having the pane automatically scaled, rather than a thumbnail, for example, the user can see what is actually going on in the pane, and can react to it according. By having the pane scaled, rather than a static size, the user no longer has to scroll 1