Method to Permit Hidden Windows in a Next-Window-Key Mechanism
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
In some operating systems the user interface allows the user to create a very large number of windows. The user can access these either by (1) repeatedly pressing the next window key to cycle through a ring of windows or (2) activating the windows window to select a particular window by name. The effectiveness of the next window key is mitigated to some extent because (1) the system uses several windows itself and (2) typically some of the user-created windows will be "inactive." These factors result in an unnecessarily large ring of active windows and in the user being exposed to the system windows when they are not pertinent to his activity.