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Public Search Lists in OS/2 Office Address Book

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110360D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 109K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Boeving, RD: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This invention describes a new way of retrieving Search Lists from the OS/2* Office Directory database that will have the effect of allowing public Search Lists.

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Public Search Lists in OS/2 Office Address Book

       This invention describes a new way of retrieving Search
Lists from the OS/2* Office Directory database that will have the
effect of allowing public Search Lists.

      In OS/2 Office, directories appear as icons on the Office
window.  Each directory contains two address books; one called
PUBLIC, which the OS/2 Office administrator maintains, and one called
PERSONAL, which is an OS/2 Office user's private address book.

      Address books contain groups of information called address book
entries.  Address book entries can contain a variety of information,
such as an individual's name, telephone number, address, etc.  The
type and amount of information that an address book entry holds
depends upon its directory.  When the OS/2 Office administrator
creates a directory, he/she also creates a template for address book
entries of that directory.  Thus, within a directory, all address
book entries share the same information template whether they reside
in the PUBLIC or PERSONAL address book.

      OS/2 Office directories also contain items called Search Lists.
Users can locate address book entries within address books by
performing a search based on criteria that they specify.  When the
search has been completed, the address book entries that fit the
search criteria are placed in a Search List.  An OS/2 Office user can
create a Search List by using the File/New/Search List pull-down.
When a user does this, a dialog box will appear asking for the search
criteria of the Search List.  When the user saves the Search List
criteria, a dialog box will appear asking for the name of the Search
List.  Once a name is given, the named Search List will be saved.
The Search List will be represented by an icon on the directory
window.  An OS/2 Office user can open a Search List by
double-clicking on its icon or by selecting the icon and using the
File/Open pull-down.  An OS/2 Office user can change the search
criteria of the Search List by selecting the icon of the Search List
and using the File/Properties pull-down.

      By having several related entries in one place, the OS/2 Office
user can perform a function for the entire Search List rather than
for each individual entry.  For example, an OS/2 Office user could
address a mail item to a Search List that contains a group of people,
rather than address the mail item to each individual person.

      In OS/2 Office, Sea...