Search-on-the-fly/sort-on-the-fly search engine for searching databases

  • US 6,760,720 B1
  • Filed: 02/25/2000
  • Issued: 07/06/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/25/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method implemented on a computer for searching databases, comprising:

  • determining a database schema for a database, wherein the database includes database fields;

    providing a list of the database fields, wherein the list includes a descriptor indicating a data category;

    receiving a search selection for a database field on the provided list of the database fields;

    determining a quantity of entries in the selected database field;

    if the quantity exceed a specified amount, truncating data, and displaying the truncated data wherein the truncating reduces characters in one or more entries in the selected database field and the truncated data represents each of the entries in the selected database field; and

    if the quantity does not exceed the specified amount, displaying contents of the database field.

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