United States Patent 5,321,609
|United States Patent ||5,321,609|
|Yianilos, et. al.||Jun. 14, 1994|
|Inventors: ||Yianilos; Peter N.
Decker; Joseph E.
(San Jose, CA);
|Assignee: ||Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated
(Mt. Holly, NJ).
|Appl. No.: ||889,180|
|Filed: ||May 27, 1992|
|U.S. Cl.:||364/419.13; 364/419.07; 364/419.19; 395/600; |
|Field of Search:||364/419, 419.03, 419.07, 419.13, 419.19; 395/600|
U.S. Patent Documents
|4,868,733||Sept., 1989||Fujisawa et al.|| 364/200|
Primary Examiner: Envall, Jr.; Roy N.
Assistant Examiner: Bai; Ari M.
Attorney, Agent or Firm: McAulay Fisher Nissen Goldberg & Kiel
A location technique in an electronic encyclopedia for presenting relevant
articles in response to a user input of a query term. The technique
employs a user controlled hierarchy of filter parameters. The user selects
a subset of the identifying parameters into which all articles are
classified; each article being classified into at least one identifying
parameter. There are 107 parameters disclosed. The encyclopedia
automatically locates each article that employs the input or query term in
each of the parameters selected by the user.
The 107 identifying parameters are divided into four Groups. The articles
presented to the user are only those articles which are common to each of
tex up to four Groups into which the user selected parameters are divided.
An optimally useful set of articles is provided to the user. By a
combination of the union of the articles within the user selected
parameters within each of the Groups together with the intersection of the
articles between Groups.
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