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Providing a User Customized Details View

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122511D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 92K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a method for providing the user with a means of customizing a view of a list of objects. The customization allows the user to rearrange the columns into any order, allows the user to determine which columns of attributes are to be seen or not seen in the view, and allows the user to have any column or columns repeated in the view as desired. Without this capability, the user has not previously been able to customize the order in which the details of the objects were seen.

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Providing a User Customized Details View

      This article describes a method for providing the user
with a means of customizing a view of a list of objects. The
customization allows the user to rearrange the columns into any
order, allows the user to determine which columns of attributes are
to be seen or not seen in the view, and allows the user to have
any column or columns repeated in the view as desired.  Without this
capability, the user has not previously been able to customize the
order in which the details of the objects were seen.

      The purpose of a customized view is to allow the user to choose
from all available attributes of the objects in the list and
determine which attributes are desired to be seen and in what order
they appear in the customized view. See Figure 1 for an example of a
default details view with no customization.

      Figure 2 depicts a typical window in which the user can select
the order and contents of the columns in a customized view.  The
window is comprised of N+1 dropdown combination lists, when N is the
number of columns of attributes or data available to the user.  Each
list contains the titles of all possible columns plus an additional
item for the Split Bar. This allows the user to put any possible
object attribute into any column.  This flexibility allows the user
to design their own customized view with the attributes presented in
a personally customized fashion.

      Figure 3 depicts the results of th...