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Window Selection Via Keyboards

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000056633D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-14

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Freiman, CV Fujisaki, T [+details]

Abstract

This article describes window selection via keyboards. During use of multi-window systems, it is often necessary to identify a particular window. When a mouse is employed, this is done by positioning the cursor in the appropriate window and "clicking." In some systems, each window has a header which contains an identification number. The window is selected by keying this identifier. The first method is disruptive when the keyboard is being used as the primary input device. The second method sometimes fails because the identifier is not in a visible part of the window. In this invention, the user calls for superimposed identifiers to be displayed in every window by a single keyed command. Each window is then "filled" with identifiers insuring that at least one will appear in the visible area of each window.