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Task Environment Switching

The Elastic Windows approach is also more scalable in terms of task environment switching, since the difference between the approaches is more significant between high and medium task environment complexities. This is mainly due to the one window at a time approach of independent overlapping windows as opposed to using group windows to switch screen contents in Elastic Windows. Incorporating an overview and a set of workspaces into independent overlapping windows approach, as in virtual window managers, would certainly make task switching time independent of the number of windows involved, but these systems offer only two levels, whereas using hierarchicons users can go to arbitrary deep hierarchies.

Eser Kandogan
Sun Sep 13 18:34:46 EDT 1998

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