The gist of this is, they are trying to claim that storing the "type" of graph or report as metadata to a dataset being reported on is novel and unobvious.
A picture is worth 1K words...Figure 5A and 5B say it all:
What is being claimed as new and non-obvious is defined by the claims.
- At a computer system including at least one processor and a memory, a computer-implemented method for selecting and applying data-specific presentations, the method comprising:
an act of receiving an indication that a visual presentation is to be applied to a specified portion of data;
an act of analyzing the specified data to determine which of a plurality of data presentations is most relevant for the specified data, the relevance being based on relevancy factors including one or more of the following: end-user profile, structure of the specified data and patterns within the specified data; and
an act of applying the determined appropriate visual presentation to the specified data.
Does anybody have information (as to prior art) to shoot down this frivolous trolling attempt by the dying borg collective. Thought maybe crystal reports (pre-μsoft) or Wingz, but can't find anything specific. Help end software patents...there is nothing new under the sun!