United States Patent 5,640,552
|United States Patent ||5,640,552|
|Yianilos|| Jun. 17, 1997|
Method and apparatus for providing multi-level searching in an electronic book
Related U.S. Application Data
|Inventors: ||Yianilos; Peter Nicholas
|Assignee: ||Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated
(Mt. Holly, NJ).
|Appl. No.: ||395,160|
|Filed: ||Feb. 27, 1995|
Continuation of (including streamline cont.) Ser. No. 36,622, Mar. 24, 1993, abandoned, which is a division of Ser. No 529,867, May 29, 1990, abandoned.|
|Intl. Cl. : ||G06F 17/30|
|Current U.S. Cl.: ||395/605|
|Field of Search: ||364/DIG. 1, DIG. 2; 395/600, 605|
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APS Text Search & Retrieval--Classroom Manual, Planning Research Corp., May 1987, Chap. 2, pp. i, 3-6 & 27-38.
Primary Examiner: Black; Thomas G.
Assistant Examiner: Von Buhr; Maria N.
Attorney, Agent or Firm: McAulay Fisher Nissen Goldberg & Kiel, LLP
A technique for providing simplified and more flexible text recovery in an electronically stored text. The text storage device is of the hand-held type and may accommodate the text of the entire bible, for example. The user may access the stored text in a read or search mode. The device is programmed to perform certain functions automatically, such as: selecting search or read mode; accommodating different syntax formulations; providing a fixed screen map of respective different portions of the text; and visually indicating specific words of a search to which a search will be limited. Expanded flexibility is also programmed into the device which includes: optionally expanding searches to cover both different forms of the same words and unrelated words having the same meaning; providing assistance to the user upon request which takes into account the current operational phase; and providing the capability of tagging a preselected location in the text for simplified access during reacquisition.
2 Claims, 9 Drawing Figures