Active path menu navigation system

  • US 7,216,301 B2
  • Filed: 05/23/2003
  • Issued: 05/08/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for navigating within a multi-level hierarchical information structure where each level in the information structure contains plural items, each said item being at least one of a function, a pointer to a location, and a pointer to another level, said method comprising the steps of:

  • providing a graphical user menu system displaying the items of a given level of the hierarchical information structure and enabling selection thereof; and

    dynamically constructing an Active Path as a sequence of active links as items are selected using the graphical user menu system, with one said active link corresponding to each of the items selected, said active links providing direct access to one of a function, corresponding level and menu item without the need to navigate using said graphical user menu system;

    each said active link enabling the user to directly browse all items on any given level of the hierarchical information structure including all hierarchically subordinate items without affecting the Active Path.

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