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Changing the Ordering of Documents in a Folder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036600D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

MacPhail, MG: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described for changing the ordering criteria for documents within a folder. A folder of information can be thought of as a collection of information similar to a folder in a filing cabinet. The order of the information already present in the folder will be changed as well as all subsequent entries. A data object associated with the folder includes the ordering criteria. The requestor application sends a modify command with the change(s) specified for the appropriate field(s) in the data object. The documents within the folder are ordered by position or by any combination of descriptors.

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Changing the Ordering of Documents in a Folder

A method is described for changing the ordering criteria for documents within a folder. A folder of information can be thought of as a collection of information similar to a folder in a filing cabinet. The order of the information already present in the folder will be changed as well as all subsequent entries. A data object associated with the folder includes the ordering criteria. The requestor application sends a modify command with the change(s) specified for the appropriate field(s) in the data object. The documents within the folder are ordered by position or by any combination of descriptors.

Each document has a descriptor data area associated with it called the Interchange Document Profile. The descriptors comprise fields, such as the author, subject, date filed, creation date and keywords. Some of these descriptor fields are originally set and maintained by the owner of the folder, some are managed by the library application and some are managed by the document's editor. The owner can specify the collating sequence for character fields, the field for primary sorting in either ascending or descending order and the fields for subsequent secondary sorting in either ascending or descending order.

The requestor application sends an appropriate modify command which causes the library application to reorder the folder table-of- contents entries according to the new ordering criteria. The server maintains the new ord...