Active path navigation system

  • US 7,725,836 B2
  • Filed: 03/17/2007
  • Issued: 05/25/2010
  • 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 menu 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 constructing an Active Path as a sequence of active links as the user navigates the information structure using the graphical user menu system, with one said active link corresponding to each of the hierarchical levels accessed by the user, 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;

    a given said active link enabling the user to browse items of the hierarchical information structure starting from the level corresponding with the given active link and items on hierarchically subordinate levels without affecting the Active Path.

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