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Visual Container Two-Column Sort

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111686D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henshaw, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is disclosed for presenting a user row and column-based sort for container objects, such as folders or the desktop.

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Visual Container Two-Column Sort

      A method is disclosed for presenting a user row and
column-based sort for container objects, such as folders or the
desktop.

      This hinges on the fact that a container uses a two-dimensional
presentation space, and that the second dimension has been poorly
used when it comes to sorting.

      The mechanism is as follows:  A user specifies an initial and
secondary sort criteria.  The first criterion will result in those
objects that have differences in that sorted field to be placed
either in a single column or a single row.  Then, those objects that
have a match for that first criterion will be compared to each other
with regards to the second criterion.  If the first criterion
resulted in the placement in a column, then the second criterion
differences will be ordered on the horizontal row emanating from the
appropriate column in the first criterion.  The opposite applies when
the first is sorted by rows, and the second results in a column.  If
there is not enough room to fit the rows or columns, scroll bars are
provided on the window, but the sorted icons do not wrap onto more
than one row or more than one column for a given match.

      For example, we have sorted the contents into a column by date,
and into rows by name.  If the window is large enough, we have the
same as above.

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