AUTOMATIC SUMMARY PAGE CREATION AND HYPERLINK GENERATION
 Inventor: Bernardo Rafael Sotomayor,
 Assignee: Iconovex Corporation, Bloomington, Minn.
 Appl. No.: 452,174
 Filed: May 26,1995
 Int. CI.6 G06F ISAM)
 U.S. CI 395/762
 Field of Search 364/419.19,419.01.
364/419.1; 395/762, 765, 761
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US005708825A [ii] Patent Number: 5,708,825  Date of Patent: Jan. 13, 1998
Primary Examiner—Phu K. Nguyen
Attorney, Agent, or Firm— Schwegman, Lundberg,
Woessner, & Kluth, P.A.
Method and apparatus to enable scanning one or more documents, automatically identifying significant key topics, concepts, and phrases in the documents, and creating summary pages for, and hyperlinks between, some or all of these key topics. Optionally, documents are divided into segments, in order that only the needed segment of a hyperHnked-to document need be transferred to a viewer's display. Aprocess running on a computer can be used which
(a) allows an author to select source documents and then, using a semantic analyzer program running on a computer,
(b) automatically identifies significant key topics within the selected documents, (c) compiles those key topics into summary pages, (d) generates presentation pages and optionally segmenting the selected documents into smaller pieces, and (e) embeds hyperlinks from these summary pages to the locations where key topics appear in the presentation pages. Different types of summary-page are available, including abstract, concept, phrase, and table-ofcontents summary pages. A summary page provides an index into the source document, and can be appended to the source document A method of using a computer to hyperlink through automatically generated hyperlinks, and a data structure which can be used to support such hyperlinking are described.
31 Claims, 11 Drawing Sheets