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Improved Style of Window Borders for the User Interface of Windowing Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038818D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Clowes, T [+details]

Abstract

This article describes a method whereby a user of a windowing system will be able to easily determine the position of an active window which, due to its virtual size and position, extends beyond the real screen. To enable a user to determine the extent of a window, most windowing systems surround the window with a border, the active window being distinguished from other windows by being set in a border with different characteristics. Where, however, part of the window extends beyond the actual screen and the only visible part of the border is a horizontal or vertical segment dissecting the screen (Fig. 1), it may be difficult to determine in which direction the window actually extends.