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Complementary Method for Object Filtering in a Graphical User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118187D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 223K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Boldt, GD: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for filtering objects in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) by selection of the objects to be viewed. The method is particularly useful when no clear filtering criterion is available and can be used in conjunction with more typical filtering mechanisms.

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Complementary Method for Object Filtering in a Graphical User Interface

      Disclosed is a method for filtering objects in a Graphical User
Interface (GUI) by selection of the objects to be viewed.  The method
is particularly useful when no clear filtering criterion is available
and can be used in conjunction with more typical filtering
mechanisms.

      When a graphical user interface is used to manage a large
number of objects, a filter mechanism may be used to limit the number
of objects being viewed in the object container at any given time.
Filtering is especially important if each object displayed in a
window carries additional "cost" if it is displayed.  For example, if
a window shows objects which represent devices in a network
environment, monitoring each object in the window produces network
traffic related to keeping track of the object's status.

      A typical filter can be based on a naming convention, some
characteristic of the object, or both.  For example, the user may
choose to filter the display of a group of files to show only those
with extensions .TXT and that have been updated in the current month.
The criteria may be used to include or exclude objects to/from the
object container.

      There are cases where the user needs to limit the number of
objects that are being viewed but no clear filtering criteria are
available.  For example, the user may be interested only in a certain
set of files that follow no naming convention a...