Methodology for displaying search results using character recognition

  • US 6,363,179 B1
  • Filed: 01/11/1999
  • Issued: 03/26/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/25/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of outputting search results, comprising the computer implemented steps of:

  • recognizing characters in a plurality of document images to produce respective document texts;

    determining regions of the document images that correspond to words of the respective document texts;

    receiving an input indicating one or more search terms;

    retrieving a matching document text from among the document texts based on the one or more search terms, wherein the matching document text includes at least one matching word that matches one of the search terms;

    displaying, in a first manner, a matching document image corresponding to the matching document text;

    automatically determining a featured region based on the one or more search terms in the matching document image that includes a matching region in the matching document image corresponding to the matching word; and

    automatically displaying the featured region in the matching document images in a second manner visually distinct from the first manner, wherein said second manner is not chosen by a user between said automatically determining step and said automatically displaying step.

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