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Automatically Guiding Hyperlinked Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104779D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Parikh, SN: AUTHOR

Abstract

The current genre of the hyperlinked documents is static in the sense that the user has to explore and navigate different links emanating from the current node. A novice reader, new to the subject matter, will be inefficiently exploring various links before something useful is found. It is possible to guide and lead the novice reader once once a basic area of focus is found.

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Automatically Guiding Hyperlinked Document

      The current genre of the hyperlinked documents is static in the
sense that the user has to explore and navigate different links
emanating from the current node.  A novice reader, new to the subject
matter, will be inefficiently exploring various links before
something useful is found.  It is possible to guide and lead the
novice reader once once a basic area of focus is found.

      This invention proposes that each hyperlink can have a set of
attributes which are more appropriate for the links (vs.  the nodes
of information):  e.g. the links can be assigned various attributes
by the author from a menu of attributes.  Some typical examples are:
links of causation, links signifying chronological relationships,
links signifying economic relationships.  A link can have several of
these attributes.

      Once all the links in a document have the appropriate
attributes specified, a novice user can simply specify the type of
link to be traversed.  Once that is specified, the underlying
software can LEAD the user along the appropriate links, e.g., the
user may wish to trace the chain of causation ("Connections") of an
event like discovery of X rays -- the software can take the user
through all the nodes which trace the chain of causation which led to
the discovery of X-rays.  Many such examples can be constructed.

      The central concept is, in a linear textual document, the
'direction of navigation' is...