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Interactive Information Retrieval System: Presentation Format

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060398D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 119K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weathers, JR: AUTHOR

Abstract

The present system allows an untrained user to retrieve stored information about a group of public institutions, such as museums, galleries, restaurants, etc. The equipment comprises an IBM Personal Computer with a color monitor equipped with a touch-sensitive screen. As shown in the above figure, each of the screens includes a rectangular Prompt area located at the top center portion of the screen frame, which is bordered to the left by a "Help" function and to the right by a "Go Back" function. Various text messages may appear in the Prompt area relating to the material displayed on the monitor. When the user touches the Help function, text appears in the Prompt area which enables the user to restart the program by touch- selecting predetermined search paths, such as geographic location, institution or user interest.

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Interactive Information Retrieval System: Presentation Format

The present system allows an untrained user to retrieve stored information about a group of public institutions, such as museums, galleries, restaurants, etc. The equipment comprises an IBM Personal Computer with a color monitor equipped with a touch-sensitive screen. As shown in the above figure, each of the screens includes a rectangular Prompt area located at the top center portion of the screen frame, which is bordered to the left by a "Help" function and to the right by a "Go Back" function. Various text messages may appear in the Prompt area relating to the material displayed on the monitor. When the user touches the Help function, text appears in the Prompt area which enables the user to restart the program by touch- selecting predetermined search paths, such as geographic location, institution or user interest. When the Go Back function is selected, the user is returned to a screen containing the previous level of input selections. The center area of the screen displays descriptive text information, sub-icons, graphic and/or digitized images, etc. It may also provide for touch-screen user inputs to search or access information. The bottom of the screen contains a varying function selection area. Depending upon the screen displayed in the center area, it accepts touch-screen input by the user to search for, and to access information about, cultural institutions. One implementation of this is the...