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System and Method for transparently presenting users with notifications and pop-up windows while they are actively working Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200376D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-08
Document File: 3 page(s) / 93K

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Disclosed is an invention for an operating system feature that gradually introduces pop-up windows to a user with configurable transparency and timing delays instead of immediately popping up new windows and interrupting the user’s current activity.

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System and Method for transparently presenting users with notifications and pop -up

windows while they are actively working

Application pop-up windows are simply positioned on top of all other windows in order to

elicit an immediate response from the user. This is often disruptive to users while they

are working, or may result in unwanted action. For example, today if a user is writing an

email and a new window or message pops up, they might continue typing unaware that

they are no longer typing in the email. Even worse, the typing may actually click or

activate something in the new pop up window that the user does not want, causing

errors or delays in the work.

This disclosure describes a new way of gradually introducing pop-up windows to the

user by incorporating transparency and timing delays to keep the user from being

immediately interrupted in their work.

There are two new modes of operation which can be configured by the user.
1. Transparently show windows while the user is active; meaning, the windows are

in view without focus, the user can see through them to the open application, and

the cursor is still in the existing window. The following options are available:
a. After a set amount of time the pop-up window is fully shown (no longer

transparent) and has focus. If the user is active (e.g., typing, using the

mouse, etc.) the window remains transparent for a longer period of time. If

the user is inactive, then the window is fully shown after a shorter period of

b. If the user mouses over, clicks on the pop-up window (or specific part), or

hits a specific key (or set of keys), then the pop-up comes into full view (no

longer transparent) for the user to address. The action taken to fully

display the pop-up can be configured by the user to be one or more of the

previously mentioned methods. ....