Integrated dialog box for rapidly altering presentation of parametric text data objects on a computer display

  • US 6,216,139 B1
  • Filed: 11/20/1995
  • Issued: 04/10/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/20/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for using a computer system to sort and display text data objects, comprising the steps of:

  • a. imaging, on a display device controlled by the computer system, a query dialog box, wherein the query dialog box displays each of a plurality of parameters associated with each of the text data objects, forms a plurality of spaces for listing values associated with each displayed parameter, and further forms a space for selecting a sort order;

    b. designating, for each displayed parameter, a parameter value;

    c. constructing a sort order from the displayed parameters in the space for selecting a sort order;

    d. selecting, using the computer system, text data objects satisfying the designated values; and

    e. sorting, using the computer system, the selected text data objects according to the constructed sort order.

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