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Boolean Desktop Object Selection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114345D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Najjar, LJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method in which a graphical user interface allows users to take advantage of Boolean operations to quickly and easily select desktop objects.

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Boolean Desktop Object Selection

      Disclosed is a method in which a graphical user interface
allows users to take advantage of Boolean operations to quickly and
easily select desktop objects.

      The computer has information that helps the user select
objects.  For a file, this information can include file name, user ID
of file author, date file was created, and number of pages.  This
invention disclosure uses this information, automatically completed
scrollable data entry fields, and cascaded menus to allow users to
take advantage of Boolean operators to quickly and easily select
desktop objects.

The user composes a Boolean desktop object selection by doing the
following tasks:
  1.  Click on one example of the desktop object.  The desktop object
       changes to inverse video.  The computer uses the information
       associated with this object (such as file name, user ID of
file
       author, date file was created, and number of pages) to
       automatically complete scrollable data entry fields in the
"File"
       action bar pulldown menu.
  2.  Click on the "File" action bar pulldown menu.  The pulldown
menu
       includes a "Select" menu item.
  3.  Click on the "Select" menu item.  The "Select" menu item has a
       cascade menu that includes "All (scrollable data entry field
with
       object category automatically filled in by the computer)."
The
       object category includes common objects such as file and
folder.
       So an example is "All files."

          The "Select" menu item also has a cascade menu that
includes "And all (scrollable data entry field with object category
automatically filled in by the computer) that are named (scrollable
data
entry field with object name automatically filled in by the
computer)."
An example is "And all files that are named custmr43."
  4.  The user changes the entries in the scrollable data entry field
       can include standard wild card characters such as "*".  An
       exa...