Quotation Highlighting in a Hypertext System

A hypertext system is for the display of text information grouped as documents. Within documents there are references, called links, to other documents or portions of the same document. Text associated with a link may be highlighted or displayed in a way that indicates that there is a link. The documents in a hypertext system may be stored on a mass storage device. The documents can also be stored on one or more networked document servers, where selection of a link results in a request being sent over the data communications network from the computer system on which the documents are being displayed to the networked document server holding the desired document, and that document being returned over the network for display.

In this invention, a link may be associated not only with a reference to another document, but with the quotation of a passage from another document. When a link is associated with a quotation, the quotation is highlighted or displayed in a way that indicates that there is a link associated with the quotation. When the quotation is selected, the source document containing the quoted passage is retrieved and displayed with quoted passage highlighted. The first display of the source document may show the quoted passage and its immediate context.

Stage of Development
A patent (US 7,028,044) has been issued from the US Patent and Trademark Office.
This technology is seeking partners for development-manufacturing-sales-etc of the working-final-etc product. It is available for developmental research support/licensing under either exclusive or non-exclusive terms.

Additional Info

Inventor(s): Lee Hollaar, Jeffrey Lorenzen

Type of Offer: Licensing

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