Method and apparatus for enhancing electronic reading by identifying relationships between sections of electronic text

  • US 7,526,477 B1
  • Filed: 10/30/2006
  • Issued: 04/28/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/29/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for using a computer system, in response to a reader'"'"'s request for display of electronic text, to automatically identify and provide additional reading material related to concepts referred to within said electronic text comprising, in sequence, the steps of:

  • a) on a client system,a.1. accepting a request for display of electronic text;

    a.2. sending said request for display of electronic text over a network;

    a.3. receiving said electronic text, said electronic text containing at least one text section; and

    a.4. without further user input, sending a search request over said network, from said client system, for additional information related to a concept referred to in said at least one text section; and

    b) on a server system, responsive to step (a.4)b.1. searching an index, whereini) said index contains a plurality of terms by which it may be searched;

    ii) substantially all terms in said index are associated with at least one pointer to a text section; and

    iii) at least one term in said index is associated with a plurality of pointers, at least two of said plurality of pointers pointing to different text sections;

    b.2. as a result of step (b.1), identifying additional reading material related to said concept; and

    b.3. providing, via the network, to said client system, for display on the same page as a portion of the electronic text section referred to in step (a.3), an indicator of said additional reading material identified in step (b.2).

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