Subjects: Computer Science - Human-Computer Interaction
Windows are used quite frequently in a GUI environment. The greatest advantage of using windows is that each window creates a virtual screen space. Hence, although the physical screen space is limited to a few inches, use of windows can create unlimited screen space to display innumerable items. The use of windows facilitates the user to open and interact with multiple programs or documents simultaneously in different windows. Sometimes a single program may also open multiple windows to display various items. The user can resize the windows and move their location time to time as desired. However, there are several concerns of a window relating to its size, appearance, positioning, color, visibility, resizability etc. For example, the window should have a minimum and a maximum size, dragging and resizing the window should be easy, one window should not be obscured by another window, windows should adjust their size and location in order to match with the changes in the resolution and display environment etc. This article illustrates six patents from US Patent database solving problems relating to displaying and resizing of windows. The inventions include automatic resizing and relocating of windows, alternative modes of displaying windows to accommodate within the limited display area, combining both spatial and temporal methods to resize the window, locking and minimizing windows and making the windows invisible on specific situations.
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