Original Publication Date: 1994-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
A disclosed mechanism is for displaying information hidden behind an overlapping window in window applications.
mechanism is for displaying information hidden
behind an overlapping window in window applications.
window systems, to display information that is
hidden behind an overlapping window, one or more of the following
operation is needed:
1. Raise the
hidden window to the top of the desktop screen by
changing the window focus.
2. Move windows in
order to display the information contained in the
3. Resize windows in order to display the information.
4. Close unnecessary windows in order to display the information.
mechanism allows the user to get information
without the above operations. Assume that window A overlaps and
hides an area of window B. If we put a see-through window on top of
window A, it makes the area of window A behind it transparent, thus
allowing the information contained in window B, which is hidden by
window A, to be displayed. The user can move and resize the
see-through window in the same way as ordinary windows; thus, the
user can control the size and position of an area to be made
To implement this mechanism, the following three
of the window to be made transparent.
function includes management of the window overlapping level.
For example, a window is assigned a priority number. The
priority number of the overlapping window is higher than that the