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Method for Keeping Windows From Overlaying Important Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038913D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Hearin, KK James, WS [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which uses an algorithm that determines the placement of the window dependent on three variables. When window is used to provide the user with information, it is possible that the window overlays the actual task that is being performed such that the user cannot visually see the task that the window is referring to. If only the cursor position is considered and not the task being performed, the algorithm is not necessarily complete enough to always properly position a window. In accordance with the new method, the variables include: 1. Cursor location The cursor location is determined by the system regarding which quadrant the cursor resides in. 2. Screen coding for system usage to determine the quadrant for placement.