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Graphical Location Searches by Region in Address Books

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104001D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A technique is disclosed to allow users to search address books graphically by regions. At the address book Search window, instead of typing in the name of a directory in a location field, the user has the option to search by region. When the user selects this option, a graphical representation of the regions is presented. For example, a map of the United States is presented. The map is divided into several regions, such as the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, etc. The user simply points to the appropriate region to select it. This eliminates the need for the user to know the specific location of the individual while limiting the search to a specific region of several locations. Double-clicking on a region will zoom that region so that the user can see the specific location directories contained in the region.

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Graphical Location Searches by Region in Address Books

      A technique is disclosed to allow users to search address books
graphically by regions.  At the address book Search window, instead
of typing in the name of a directory in a location field, the user
has the option to search by region.  When the user selects this
option, a graphical representation of the regions is presented.  For
example, a map of the United States is presented.  The map is divided
into several regions, such as the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, etc.
The user simply points to the appropriate region to select it.  This
eliminates the need for the user to know the specific location of the
individual while limiting the search to a specific region of several
locations.
     Double-clicking on a region will zoom that region so that the
user can see the specific location directories contained in the
region.  The user can then select one or several directories to
search.
     An alternative approach to pre-defined regions is to allow the
user to use an elastic selection box to define and select a region
for searching.

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