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Extended Sorting Based on Address Book Integration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106032D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Melkus, LA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is a technique which allows the dynamic integration of address book data with the sorting of list items to extend the capability to include sort criteria not directly associated with the items.

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Extended Sorting Based on Address Book Integration

      Provided is a technique which allows the dynamic integration of
address book data with the sorting of list items to extend the
capability to include sort criteria not directly associated with the
items.

      Current techniques limit the base of information for the
sorting of list items to only that data which is directly associated
with the item in its current context.  For example, an inbasket list
may only be sorted based on information contained in or associated
with the items in the inbasket, such as the sender name or ID.  The
inbasket is not able to be sorted based on other attributes known to
the address book, such as the sender's department number.

      Disclosed is a technique which allows users to extend sorting
capabilities by including related address book data.  The sort dialog
box would include the item-related fields as well as additional
address book related fields.  In an Inbasket example, item-related
fields would include: sender, recipients, copy recipients, and
time/date.  Extended address book fields might include: department,
location, manager, and area code.  If users wanted to sort on an
address book extended field, they would select the extended field and
select one person-related item field as the key for the address book
extension.  That is, if users wanted to sort the list by department
number of the senders, they would select both department number and
sender.  The...