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Software Mechanism To Simplify Search Engine Activation Submissions and Results Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030387D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Software mechanism to simplify search engine activation submissions and results display while using other applications.

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Software Mechanism To Simplify Search Engine Activation Submissions and Results Display

A program is disclosed that allows the user, while running any other application that supports operating system based select/copy functionality to select a word or multiple words or text or section of text from any other application and then submit that selection to one or more search engines.

The user launches the disclosed program and it would run as an application in the background. Then, while using any other application, the user selects one or more words or text from within that other application. Once the words or text have been selected and copies, the user activates the disclosed program using a hot-key or a series of hot-keys causing the disclosed program to automatically submit those words to the designated search engine or engines and to capture the results.

Additionally the disclosed program allows the user to select one or more words or text, and using other hot-keys, build the words into a Boolean search string, using but not limited to the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT. Once the user is satisfied with the Boolean search string the user is able to submit the search string to one or more search engines.

Using a setup configuration in the disclosed application the user can determine how the search results should appear. The configurations include but are not limited to; all results appearing in a single window, each search engine result appearing in a separat...