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

  • US 7,958,138 B2
  • Filed: 04/13/2009
  • Issued: 06/07/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/29/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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 server system, via a network, accepting a request for electronic text from a client system;

    b) formulating a search request for additional reading material related to at least one concept in a text section of said electronic text, wherein said search request includes at least one term that was not provided to said server system by said client system; and

    c) via a network, along with said electronic text, providing instructions to said client system that when executed;

    i) cause said search request to be transmitted via a computer network, resulting in the search of an index, said search resulting in identification of related material; and

    ii) provide to said client system an indicator of said related material to be presented in the same presentation as the requested electronic text;


    said index contains a plurality of terms by which it may be searched;

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

    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.

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