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IMPROVED ELECTRONIC DESKTOP "WASTEBASKET"

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026003D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 97K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In user-friendly computer terminal systems with selectable icons and text editing, and a 'Wastebasket" electronic folder and desktop icon into which deleted documents are "moved" to be held temporarily in case they need to be retrieved before being finally deleted it is suggested to to change the programing of the'wastebasket" function in three respects.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

IMPROVED ELECTRONIC DESKTOP Proposed Classification "WASTEBASKET" U.S. C1.364/900
Paul F. Morgan Int. C1. G06f 1/00

In user-friendly computer terminal systems with selectable icons and text editing, and a 'Wastebasket" electronic folder and desktop icon into which deleted documents are "moved" to be held temporarily in case they need to be retrieved before being finally deleted it is suggested to to change the programing of the'wastebasket" function in three respects.

First, to change from the 'Wastebasket" "FIFO" system to a "LIFO" system, so that the last items deleted, or mail-discarded, are listed first, at the top of the contents list. I.e., so that the last item discarded appears at the beginning of the Wastebasket file list where it can be more easily retrieved, without having to scroll down to the very end or bottom of the list, where it goes now. This would a desirable and logical software change, to provide the same "Z-A" "Version Date" order as is already available for file folders. "Last in" documents and mail notes are the ones most often needing retrieval from the Wastebasket, and it is also the way a real or physical wastebasket acts.

. Also, there should be a logical order in which "file folders" list or sort, in the Wastebasket as well as within regular file folders. Particularly, to be able to maintain file folders enclosed within a file folder ordered by their most recent version date (as is already available for documents) by the normal file listing order properties setting of "Z-A" and "Version Date" order, rather than requiring full list searching of the entire file folder contents to find a desired folder.

It woul...