Greg J. Badros, Jeffrey Nichols, and Alan Borning
Typical window management systems rely on direct manipulation techniques to organize and layout windows. Direct manipulation encourages the user to specify particular locations rather than higher-level intentions and desires regarding window layout. Our Scheme Constraints Window Manager (SCWM) allows users to express their intentions using both direct manipulation and higher-level commands. Because some user desires are for persistent relationships to hold among windows, we embed a constraint solver to maintain user-specified constraint-based relationships. To enable using constraints and expressing other layout intentions, we have explored a number of interaction paradigms, including voice recognition. The result is a window manager with much more intelligent window layout and behaviour.