Multiple Display Environments

Since the 1980s, the design of window managers has assumed a single person, single display configuration. However, recent advances in collaborative computing technology now make it possible to network multiple computers to form a unified workspace. Such workspaces are called multiple display environments (MDEs). These types of environments introduce new challenges for the design of window managers because multiple users must now be able to manage windows across multiple displays - breaking the traditional assumptions. To address these challenges, our research investigates the design, implementation, and evaluation of interfaces and interaction techniques for MDEs. For example, we have developed a new interaction metaphor called a world-in-miniature that enables users to visually relocate windows to any particpating display. Our ongoing work is extending and enhancing this basic metaphor with new affordances for privacy controls and mechanisms for coordinating access to shared windows.

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