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Method and Apparatus for Automatic and Persistent Grouping of Objects based on User-Provided Arbitrary Properties

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018831D
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-15

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Abstract

Many systems have grouping mechanisms that allow a user to view a group or collection of objects. However, the content of these groups are generally static. That is, a user adds or removes each object from the group. The groups are persistent, but object membership is not automatic. This system allows its users to create automatic persistent groups and assign matching rules that determine which objects from the set of all available objects are group members for each group. As the objects in the full set are created and modified, their properties are evaluated for membership into each automatic group. As objects in the full set are destroyed, they are removed from each automatic group. Group membership would be tailored to always include or never include any particular set of objects.