System for generating graphics in response to a database search

  • US 6,002,853 A
  • Filed: 10/15/1997
  • Issued: 12/14/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/26/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A server configured to communicate with a client that selectively connects to the server, the server comprising:

  • a memory, and a database defined in the memory, the database including data about businesses, which data includes at least the names of respective businesses and categories in which respective businesses are classified;

    communication hardware providing for communication between the server and the client;

    the server communicating to the client an interface for use in requesting a search of the database in response to a client connecting to the server, the server, in response to a search request made using the interface, searching the database and generating a screen display for the client, the screen display varying depending on the results of the search and including graphics items arranged to provide the appearance of at least part of a commercial area, at least some of the graphics items having the appearance of storefronts, respective graphics items being associated with respective businesses, multiple storefronts of the screen display being associated with businesses of the same category depending on the search request, the screen display being navigable to reveal graphics items adjacent those that are displayed, the selection of individual graphics items for inclusion in the screen display varying depending on the results of the search.

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