Method and apparatus for indexing, searching and displaying data

  • US 6,233,571 B1
  • Filed: 05/04/1998
  • Issued: 05/15/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/14/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for using active links within the data of an object stored in a database of a computer so that a user may jump from viewing the data of the object in the database to a position outside the object in the database and outside the computer, comprising:

  • storing one or more links within data of the object in the database to positions outside of the computer, wherein the stored links are active links;

    displaying the data of the object within the database, wherein one or more active links are displayed with the data from the object in the database, wherein positions are nodes in a network that may be accessed, the active links including hyperjump links between nodes in the network and the objects, and the step of displaying comprises;

    generating a source map, wherein the source map represents hyperjump links that identify a chosen node as a destination of a link, and wherein the method further comprises activating a link represented on the source map, wherein a user may hyperjump to a node represented as a node of the link;

    selecting one of the displayed active links from those displayed with the displayed data; and

    jumping to the position outside the object in the database.

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