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In Elastic Windows a new window is opened next to an existing window by double-clicking on any of the borders of the existing window. The new window is opened either north, south, east or west of the existing window depending on the location of the border clicked. For example, double-clicking on the left border of an existing window opens the new window to the left of that window.

The pseudo-code algorithm of the open operation (OpenWindow) is listed in Appendix gif. Input parameters of the OpenWindow function are the identification number of the existing window and the direction of the new window. The highest level node affected by this operation is returned as an output parameter in order to update the screen appropriately. A pointer to the new window is also returned.

The open algorithm first checks the window type of the existing window and compares it with the location of the new window. In the case of a match, the new window is inserted into the parent window of the existing window at the appropriate index (Case 1, Figure gif). If the types do not match, a G-Node is created in place of the existing window. Depending on whether the existing window has children another G-Node is inserted to preserve the type of the existing window (Case 3). If the existing window does not have any children then simply its type is changed (Case 2). If the existing window is the root (Case 4), a G-Node of opposite type is created and both the existing and the new windows are inserted as children of this node, and it becomes the root of the window hierarchy.

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The only input parameter to the close algorithm is the identification number of the window to be closed. The only output parameter is the highest level node affected by the close operation to be used for the screen update. The pseudo-code algorithm of the close operation ( CloseWindow) is listed in Appendix gif.

The close algorithm first climbs up in the window hierarchy as long the parent of the window is a G-Node with a single child, call this node W. If W is the only child of an H-Node (Case 1, Figuregif), simply remove it from its parent and make the parent an L-Node. Otherwise (Case 2), remove W from its parent, and update coordinates of all children of the parent node proportionally and propagate the changes to lower levels. The close algorithm then enters a clean-up phase (Figure gif) where unnecessary G-Nodes are removed in pairs up the hierarchy.

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The World-Wide Web browser application uses an open-within algorithm in order to open a new web page in the same hierarchy as its parent. The open-within algorithm (Figure gif), basically creates an H-Node in place of the existing window, where the existing window becomes its child via an intermediary G-Node to preserve node type. The new window is then opened to the right of this G-Node. The border of the existing window is made invisible by setting its width to 0. Thus, the visual effects of this operation is that the child window is opened inside the contents of the parent window. Pseudo-code of the open-within algorithm is listed in Appendix gif.

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Eser Kandogan
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