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Direct Manipulation Control for Container Display Sorting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114468D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banning, KR: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a direct manipulation control for sorting which can act upon a generic container object, and does not require that the object be selected.

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Direct Manipulation Control for Container Display Sorting

      Disclosed is a direct manipulation control for sorting which
can act upon a generic container object, and does not require that
the object be selected.

      Within a graphical user interface, objects are often grouped
within container objects.  When a large number of objects exist, it
is often difficult for a user to differentiate objects matching a
certain target criteria from all the other objects in the container.

      The disclosed control activates a sort of the container objects
through direct manipulation, which may interact with selection, but
does not require selection for activation.  The knowledge of what
constitutes valid or logical sorting criteria, and sorting algorithms
remains associated with the object or container and not with the
control.  In essence the control acts as an interface to object
information.  This control can act to sort specific objects within an
application, independent of general displays.  The control also has
the ability to work on objects of different types and contents.

      The benefits of this disclosed control lies in its ability to
directly manipulate displays of objects, and its ability to act upon
different types and classes of objects.  See the Figure for an
example.