Multimedia search system

CAFC
  • US 7,082,437 B2
  • Filed: 06/13/2005
  • Issued: 07/25/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/26/1989
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A machine-implemented method for retrieving information, comprising:

  • storing textual information and graphical information of any type on a computer-readable medium in at least one database;

    providing a plurality of entry paths for searching at least a portion of the stored textual and graphical information, each of the entry paths capable of being used without regard to the other entry paths, the entry paths comprising;

    at least one textual browse entry path allowing a user to select textual information from a predetermined list of textual information;

    at least one textual search entry path allowing a user to enter text to search for in the stored textual information; and

    at least one graphics entry path for graphically searching at least a portion of the graphical information;

    retrieving textual information based on input of the user in the textual browse entry path or the textual search entry path;

    providing a first indicator associated with the retrieved textual information indicating the availability of associated graphical information;

    retrieving the associated graphical information in response to input of the user associated with the first indicator;

    retrieving graphical information based on input of the user in the graphics entry path;

    providing a second indicator associated with the retrieved graphical information indicating the availability of associated textual information; and

    retrieving the associated textual information in response to input of the user associated with the second indicator.

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