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Selecting Multiple Items In A List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241206D
Publication Date: 2015-Apr-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for selecting multiple items in a list. The method and system enables a user to select and (de)select multiple items at the same time in the list.

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Selecting Multiple Items In A List

System administrators managing enterprise systems typically access a user interface (UI) that displays a list of items, such as a list of servers managed by a web application server in an enterprise. When the system administrator is requested to remove servers, the system administrator uses the UI to select the servers for removal. Since the UI does not provide criteria to remove the servers that can be searched, filtered, or sorted, the system administrator needs to page through servers to select the servers to be removed. Typically, the UI provides a "Select All" type of action that may save time by allowing the system administrator to select multiple items with one click, but this does not save time when multiple items need to be deselected.

Disclosed is a method and system that enables a user to deselect multiple items at the same time in a list based on a history of use.

Consider a scenario, wherein a system administrator manages a significant number of servers (e.g., 100 servers) using a web application server in an enterprise and wherein 65 servers need to be removed. The method and system saves a record of servers that the user deselects after the user selected all servers using a "Select All" function in a view of the UI. Then, responsive to the "Select All" function being activated after removal of servers previously selected, the user interface provides a one-click option to select all the servers shown in the view except the servers that were previously deselected and were, thereby, retained after the removal of the selected servers.

According to one embodiment, when a user clicks the "Select All" function, the UI initially selects all new servers that are in the view, i.e., does not select servers in the view that were previously deselected. If the user clicks the "Select All" function again

without first removing servers, then the user interface selects all old servers that are in the view, i.e., selects only servers in the view that were previously deselected. If the user clicks the "Select All" function yet again without first removing servers, then the user interface selects all servers in the view.

Fig. 1 illustrates a method and system of selecting multiple items in a list.

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Figure 1

The left-hand view in Figure 1 shows which servers are selected responsive to activating the "Select All" function after resource_keep1, resource_keep2, and resource_keep3 were previously retained in a removal action. In this example, the user next deselects resource_keep4 and resource_keep5. This is shown in the middle view of Figure 1. Next, the user se...