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Interactive Information Retrieval System: Presentation Format Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060398D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

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Weathers, JR [+details]


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.