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Mechanism to Allow 2D Movement of Multiple Windowed Areas at Once

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115097D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blades, JA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a mechanism that allows boundary movement or resizing of multiple windowed regions with a single pointer action.

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Mechanism to Allow 2D Movement of Multiple Windowed Areas at Once

      Described is a mechanism that allows boundary movement or
resizing of multiple windowed regions with a single pointer action.

      Many applications divide their window into multiple areas or
"windowed regions" within their actual window.  They also often allow
the user to re-size these windowed regions by dragging an edge of a
windowed area up/down or left/right.  This is not optimal for
applications that have more than 2 windowed regions.  Messages under
Advanced Interactive Executive (AIX*) is a good example.  To
resize/reposition the 3 windowed regions in messages, the user must
take 2 pointer actions.

      A better mechanism is to allow the user to select the
intersection point of the 3 (or more windows) and re-size all
windowed regions that have that point as part of their border with a
single pointer action.

      Example: in messages the user would select the intersection
point between the folders, captions, and message areas and re-size
all three with a single pointer movement (Figure).
               messages x Changed Folders
      folders                             captions
                  intersection
                  point of the
                  3 windowed              message
                  regions.

      The user would drag...