Navigational interface for ERP system

  • US 20050240881A1
  • Filed: 08/03/2004
  • Published: 10/27/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/22/1998
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A software system comprising:

  • representations of a plurality of business documents;

    means for relating the plurality of business documents;

    means for displaying a hierarchical tree structure of representations of business documents, the tree structure having at least one branch, wherein;

    the tree structure has a plurality of levels in a hierarchy, each level being in a dominant-subordinate relationship with each adjacent level, at least two levels in the same branch comprise at least one document type node and at least one document instance node, the document type nodes in at least two different levels in the same tree branch identify different types of business documents, each document instance node is;

    (a) immediately subordinate to a document type node, (b) associated with a representation of the same type of business document as a document instance node in the same level of the same branch, and (c) associated with a representation of a business document that is related to a representation of a business document associated with a document instance node in another level of the same branch;

    means for selecting a particular document instance node; and

    means for displaying information contained in the representation of a business document associated with a selected document instance node.

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