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Multiple Selection List Presentation Aids Complex Search

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106249D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 157K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Briskey, KC: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a presentation of search criteria that allows complex Boolean expressions to be entered without the user being exposed to or aware of the Boolean logic. The presentation uses multiple selection lists to convey logical OR, multiple lists to convey logical AND, and a toggle button to convey NOT.

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Multiple Selection List Presentation Aids Complex Search

      Disclosed is a presentation of search criteria that allows
complex Boolean expressions to be entered without the user being
exposed to or aware of the Boolean logic.  The presentation uses
multiple selection lists to convey logical OR, multiple lists to
convey logical AND, and a toggle button to convey NOT.

      The search menu presents four lists to the user (see the Figure
which is the Search Screen).  These are the lists labelled OWNERS,
PROJECTS, INSTRUMENT TYPES, and ADD'L CRITERIA.  The number of lists
is not significant.  The other non-list criteria on the menu are not
relevant to this disclosure.  The user can select one or many items
in each of the lists using a mouse.  The user may neglect to select
an item in any or all lists.  If at least one item is selected in a
given list, the user may press the INCLUDE 'toggle' button above the
list.  This will turn the text to the right of the button to
'exclude' and evoke a different behavior for that list.

      When the FIND FILES button at the bottom of the menu is
pressed, the search is started.  The search will check each of the
four lists for selected items.  If there are multiple items selected,
the search logically OR's them.  The search does a logical AND
between elements or groups of elements from different lists.  It
logically negates an element or group of elements if the INCLUDE
toggle button has been pressed and reads "E...