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Method for Information Navigation using Pushbuttons and Separately-Defined Node Structure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111954D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cant, J: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The novelty of this invention is in providing reusable navigation aids that communicate the structure of non-linear online documents. Specific novel features include:

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Method for Information Navigation using Pushbuttons and Separately-Defined
Node Structure

      The novelty of this invention is in providing reusable
navigation aids that communicate the structure of non-linear online
documents.  Specific novel features include:

o   A template structure defining the kinds of nodes available.

o   Pushbuttons with associated navigation functions.

o   Author control over pushbutton text.

o   Intermediate navigation step showing context of origin and
    destination.

o   Intermediate navigation step highlighting move from origin to
    destination within the context.

Technical Description - This method of navigation is intended for any
online document with consistent structure elements.  The method
includes a template structure (hierarchy, network, ...) that authors
duplicate and fill in with information (titles and id numbers) about
nodes of their document, creating a document structure.  The author's
document structure is defined in a General Markup Language (GML) and
compiled into data structures in working memory.

      Separate from an author's document are functions for
identifying a node in the document structure from a user's currently
open window.  Given the current node, further functions identify
another node with a specific relationship to the current one and
display it.  For example, in a hierarchical structure, there are
functions for moving across nodes at the same level, to the first
node of a lowe...