Translucent Patches

Validation level: 5. CHI, UIST, CSCW and TOCHI paper publication

The translucent patches are windows that can be created from certain content using gestures. For example, the user can double-tap on a paragraph of text to create a separate patch that can then be moved somewhere else.

Copy Bibtex Kramer, A. Translucent patches—dissolving windows. In Proceedings of the 7th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology, pages 121-130, 1994.
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The user is creating a patch from a list of items.

The user can remove an item from the list in the separated patch.

The user can interact in many different ways with the patches using gestures.


A great amount of control over a window's content. The content is not static anymore and can be shared between windows (patches).


The gestures need for different patches operations can be tricky to memorise, be consistent and achieve the right level of fluidity when it comes to the interaction.