Split screen (computing)
In computing, a split screen is a display technique in computer graphics that consists of dividing graphics and/or text into adjacent (and possibly overlapping) parts, typically as two or four rectangular areas. While simple horizontal split or vertical split resembles a presentation technique used in movies and on television here it is not merely done in order to allow the simultaneous presentation of (usually) related graphical and textual information on a computer display.
Having two or more source files on the screen allows both for maintaining related program modules but also for looking up documentation for the programming language being used.
The original non-dynamic split screens differed from windowing systems in that the latter always allowed overlapping and freely movable parts of the screen (the "windows") to present related as well as unrelated application data to the user, while the former were strictly limited to fixed non-overlapping positions.
The split screen technique can also be used to run two instances of an application, possibly with another user interacting with the other instance.
Developers, when given more than one screen, can overcome the limitations of split screen, particularly when not having to worry about the "focus" while typing commands. They also save time since they "don’t have to toggle back and forth." One screen can be dedicated for testing the application being developed.
Sales data showed 49 million more monitors than machines sold in 2011, and a major manufacturer noted that more than 30% of corporate purchases were multi-screen configurations.
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