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Number of 'Hops' as a means of Interactively Managing Multimedia Navigation of Hyper-Link Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106048D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a method whereby a user can control the depth to which the hyper-linked document may be expanded.

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Number of 'Hops' as a means of Interactively Managing Multimedia Navigation of Hyper-Link Documents

      Described is a method whereby a user can control the depth to
which the hyper-linked document may be expanded.

      The user, while navigating a large hyper-linked document, can
easily get lost in the sea of information.  He may be shown a web of
hyper-links with his current cursor location as the center of the
web.  The user would therefore have a better feel of where he is in
the net.  However, this approach may be counter-productive if the
user is presented with a large web since some links can be traversed
to truly large depths ('hops').  The user can once again be inundated
with a large web.

      This invention proposes that the user be in charge of the depth
to which each link connected to the present node may be expanded.

      This is preferable to the scenario where the system arbitrarily
chooses the depth parameter.  This is a simple but useful user
specifiable feature.

      Before beginning traversal of a complex, large hyper-linked
document, the user is expected to set the value of the 'display
depth' parameter.  The value of the parameter will determine the size
of web presented to him.

      By this simple method the user will feel more in control of his
manipulation of the information.

      A novice user or a user new to the subject matter of the
hyper-linked document may decide to set the 'display depth' to a
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