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Created One Search Object with Multiple Views for Easy User Interaction

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104926D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dawson, CA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Assume a client-server search application that allows the user to search a library or file system that has a graphical front-end running in OS/2* or DOS Windows**.

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Created One Search Object with Multiple Views for Easy User Interaction

      Assume a client-server search application that allows the user
to search a library or file system that has a graphical front-end
running in OS/2* or DOS Windows**.

      One of the requirements for such a search is to save the search
results so that the user does not have to repeat a potentially costly
search operation.  Once implemented, the problem becomes designing a
user interaction to go back and forth between the search results and
the pattern that generated those results.

      SearchVision and its predecessors created search patterns to
allow the user to search through a library and find documents easily.
These library applications wanted to be able to save search results
so that the user would not have to execute another search at a later
time, unless he/she chose to refresh the results.  These applications
had a different icon for each of the results and pattern objects.
There are obvious conceptual problems with this design.

      Consider an approach where the pattern and the results are
considered two parts of the same search object.  You can open up
different views on this object (Pattern view or Results view).  Both
views may be opened at the same time.

      If you display the Results window and then modify the Pattern
view and re-execute the search, the Results window will now display
the new results.  You will not open another window.

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