Automated sales and services system

  • US 5,576,951 A
  • Filed: 03/16/1994
  • Issued: 11/19/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/24/1984
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A computer search system for retrieving information, comprising:

  • means for storing interrelated textual information and graphical information;

    means for interrelating said textual and graphical information;

    a plurality of entry path means for searching said stored interrelated textual and graphical information, said entry path means comprising;

    textual search entry path means for searching said textual information and for retrieving interrelated graphical information to said searched text;

    graphics entry path means for searching said graphical information and for retrieving interrelated textual information to said searched graphical information;

    selecting means for providing a menu of said plurality of entry path means for selection;

    automatic data processing means for executing inquiries provided by a user in order to search said textual and graphical information through said selected entry path means and for fetching data as a function of other data;

    indicating means for indicating a pathway that accesses information related in one of said entry path means to information accessible in another one of said entry path means;

    accessing means for providing access to said related information in said another entry path means; and

    output means for receiving search results from said processing means and said related information from said accessing means and for providing said search results and received information to such user.

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