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Techniques for Managing Windows by Shrinking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040921D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Bantz, DF Sholtz, PN [+details]

Abstract

Inactive windows can be automatically made smaller than active windows by using antialiased characters. These small windows take up less screen area, but are more valuable in maintaining visual context because the entire contents of the window can be seen, albeit at reduced resolution. In particular, the general outlines of the text, images and graphic objects in the window are retained even if the window is made quite small.