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Miniature Page Context Marker

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037819D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Carnie, MJ: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

This article describes a method for providing a user of a videotex system a convenient means to return to a page of text previously seen. A typical strict tree-structured, menu-based videotex system provides no way for a user to return to a previous context, other than by predecessor menus.

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Miniature Page Context Marker

This article describes a method for providing a user of a videotex system a convenient means to return to a page of text previously seen. A typical strict tree-structured, menu-based videotex system provides no way for a user to return to a previous context, other than by predecessor menus.

Keywords attached to pages allow a direct jump to another page without navigating the menu tree. These words however, are usually statically attached to pages, and the user must recall the keyword to use it.

In this invention, the viewable material is organized into a number of services. Each service corresponds to a large sub- branch of the root page in a menu- based system or to some other structure in a system without menus. Each service has a unique color associated with it, along with header, main body and footer areas. The header always displays the unique color of the service. The footer area is usually blank until the user changes to another service. When the user moves from one service to another, a miniature image of the current screen is drawn in the footer area, allowing instant recognition of the last service used. By touching the miniature screen the user can instantly recall the previous service and return to it conveniently.

An additional feature allows the user to define his own pages which can also be stored as screen miniatures in the footer. These user defined miniatures are touchable in the same manner as system defined miniat...