Here is the summary of the invention: “Methods and apparatus for displaying windows. In more than one embodiment of the invention, a window closes automatically (e.g., after a timer expires, or when a condition or criterion is met, or a system input is received) without user input. In some examples, the window is translucent, so that part of another window, when present, is visible below the window.
“In some examples, the image of the window faded before the window was closed and destroyed. In some examples, the window does not close in response to input from a user input device. In some examples, the window is placed (or hidden) automatically when another translucent window is displayed.
“The degree of translucency, the speed of fading, the separate levels of transparency to fade, the time of expiration and / or other parameters to control the display of the window can be set by the user or adjusted by the system (or application programs ) automatically complies with system conditions or other criteria. "
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