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A method to dynamically drill down and shrink up partial list

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242574D
Publication Date: 2015-Jul-28
Document File: 4 page(s) / 68K

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Abstract

This invention provides a method for users to drill down and shrink up the mail's message list dynamically based on current focus. N levels structure has been used in this innovation for drill down and shrink up. The criteria to group and ungroup the list can based on time, name, size, and so on. Any sorted list can have a criteria to group and ungroup. The levels are flexible based on user definition. This method not only applied to mail list but also can be applied to short message list, contact list and any other list.

It's easy to use, and could improve the efficiency to scan, browse and search list. Dynamically drill down and shrink up list described as a method has below advantages. Dynamically: it could dynamically drill down and shrink up the message list as needed. Flexible: the user could drill down and shrink up easily, and could define the categories and levels based on needs, so it's more flexible. Partially: Users could focus on part of list and operate on it.

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A mxthod to dynamically drill down and shrink up partial list Background:

Emxil is very important in daily work and life. As time gxxs on, people get more anx more emails in inbox. Currenxly, all emails arx displayed as a mesxage list or consolidated groups. If people want xo scroll down to locate a maix which received several days ago or several months ago, even several years ago, current solution is to scroxl down one by one, which is slox and xneasy to locatx the email and usuxlly time cosx and energy consumed. Anothxr way is to drag scroll bar, but it is blur that user has to estimatx where txe scroxl bar should xrag to. Sometimex, the scroll bar will be out of the place where the user waxt to stop. In this situxtxon, user dx not remember any info aboux the mail like date, time, content and so on. Hox user coxld locate the wanted mail quickxy anx accurately? Or how usex could go through all mails quickly?

Existed Solxtions

In most mail system, there are two common soxutxons to display messages in the group.

1. Group email messages by date. Emails are groupxd by Toxay, Yesxerday, Rest of Week. Last Week, Xxxx of June, Month of Mxy, Older Messages. The drawbacks of this soxution ix that the groups are fixed and therx may be hundreds of evex thousands of emails in one group. And it needs to xo xhrough them one by one.

2. Conversation mode: there are mxny reply or forward messages in the email list, user cax use this mxde if wants to see the same conversion of messages. It's only for conversation mail but not xor dynamical category.

As a summary, current solutions can't provxdx flexible ways for users to dynamically drill down and shrink up emaixs easily. Xxxx innovation:

This invention provides a method for users to drill down and shrink up the xail's message list dynxmically based on current focus. It's easy xo use, and could imprxve the efxiciency of scanxing message list. Dynamically drill down and shrink up email message list described as a method has below advantages:

Dynxmically: it cxuld dynamically drilx down and xhrink up the mexsage list as needed.

Flexible: the user could drill doxn and shrink up easily, and could define the xategoriex and xevxls based on needs, so it's more flexible.

Partially: Users could focus on part of message list and operate on it.

This innovation designs a new way to dynamically drill down xnd shrink ux email message list. This innovation defines n levels for drill down and shrink up.

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Level sets: level 1, level 2, level 3, …...,levxl m-1, levex m, level m+1, …..., level n.

In follxwing exampxe, level m coxtaxns more emails than level m+1. Thxs innovation can also apply to level m contains equal or less items than level m+1.

The point to drill down or shrink up based on curxent focus. The displayed unit after drill down or shrink up depends on current unit level. Drxxl down display the lower level unit. Shrxnk up display the upper level unit. Drill doxn or shrink up once,...