1-Click Content Filterr
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-28
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed is a technique to quickly segregate all relevant text information under one filter/folder/view by using the 1-Click Filter. This technique of 1-Click filter puts it ahead and separate from the conventional 'Rules' in many senses by making the users life easy. No need to check/uncheck boxes, no need to enter any text, just select the text (which is important/common/frequently occuring) and do a right click to select the '1-Click Filter'. This will create a separate filter/folder/view with the selected text and, the contents of this folder would be, all the mails, chat transcripts and other non-email documents in the application matching/containing the seleted text. These items would not be physically moved to this newly created filter/folder/view, but just referenced to. And this is not it, you can also merge filters of two different selections by saying 'Append / Merge to an existing filter', which will have users original filter contents plus the newly added artifacts/items. These 1-Click filters would be persisted for the future usage by the user and could be easily deleted with one hit or selecting from the context (right click) menu. The easy approach of filtering, quick creation of filters and a wizard less birth of a basket of filtered/similar/like contains makes this technique of 1-Click filter different than any existing mechanism.
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1-Click Content Filterr
The proposed technique will allow a person to quickly and easily filter content sources(e-mails, messages & history, social (connections?) news streams) from various sources, to a single easily accessible location. The proposed technique specifically reduces the number of clicks, and hence the time and complexity in creating such a filter. Current Rules based segregation of content suffer from the following drawbacks:
- usually act on mails only
- setting up a rule is a daunting process involving a wizard consisting of 3-4 screens
- usually takes up to a couple of minutes to configure a rule.
1-Click Filters allow the user to quickly create a filter by simply selecting the relevant text (I) in content, right clicking it and selecting create filter (or in cases, append/merge to an existing filter) a new UI component in the form of a link/virtual folder appears in the navigation pane of the messaging platform with the name identical to the selected text.
This name can be edited to something else by the user without changing the underlying filter criteria, which remains the text selected in step (I)
If the user selects Append/Merge with existing filters option, the modified filter by default will scan the content for either of the two texts.
E-mail clients have had rules and folders for some time, but the complexity in creating rules makes it less effective than the solution being proposed. To set a rule or rules in most of the email client (there could be exceptions like Gmail), user has to launch the Rules wizard which is a 3-4 screens /pages job. Right from the page one of the "create rule" wizard till the time user hits the Create button, one has to select and deselect lots of check boxes, one has to read thru lots of lines of different options. It is also observed that conditions given for setting a rule leaves the user confused about the To, CC and other logical combinations present in the wizard. More over most of the rules are based on source of the message or contents of the subject line and body. With One Click Filter, we are allowing user to create a filter with just one simple click. Additional differences between rules and 1-Click Filters:
1 : We don't confuse the user by throwing any logical combination for creating rule.
2: There is no need to enter any text to create a rule, rule text is already selected by you.
3: User doesn't have to select from any existing folder where your filtered mails should land, because a separate view for your filter would be created and all your filters should be found at a single place.
4: scope of the filter is the entire content sources, all fields of it.
5: A filters simply provide a view of the content, it does not do actions such as moving/deleting/forwarding the content.
6: deleting a filter is as simple as right clicking it in the filters pane and selecting delete. This will remove the filter criteria and references to the filtered content from durable storage.