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Interactive Information Retrieval System: Moving Icon Selection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060803D
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 218K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weathers, JR: AUTHOR

Abstract

The present technique is used in the Interactive Information Retrieval System described in [*]. The display on the screen, as shown in figure, lists a particular type of cultural institution, in this case museums, in alphabetical order. This list is generated from afirst display (not shown) which lists all cultural institutions. The user then selects the type of institution of interest, such as botanical gardens, zoos, museums, historic structures, etc. The selection area at the bottom of the display gives the user ten icon choices, representing types of information to be accessed about the institutions.

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Interactive Information Retrieval System: Moving Icon Selection

The present technique is used in the Interactive Information Retrieval System described in [*]. The display on the screen, as shown in figure, lists a particular type of cultural institution, in this case museums, in alphabetical order. This list is generated from afirst display (not shown) which lists all cultural institutions. The user then selects the type of institution of interest, such as botanical gardens, zoos, museums, historic structures, etc. The selection area at the bottom of the display gives the user ten icon choices, representing types of information to be accessed about the institutions. The types of information are the days that the institution is open, the location, the fees for admission, subjects covered, restaurants, whether children are allowed, types of access, types of artists' works on display and gift shops. In the case shown in the drawing, the user has touched the first icon as to whether it is open on that particular day, the third icon for a particular location, the sixth icon indicating that the user is interested in American art, etc. The selected icons then take a raised position as shown, and the system then displays the museums meeting all of those factors. The user may touch-select any institution and may access its calendar schedule by selecting the schedule icon on any institution information screen, as shown in Fig. 2. The current month is displayed against a r...