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US006068188A [ii] Patent Number: 6,068,188  Date of Patent: May 30,2000
 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPOSING MENUS OF URL-ENCODED BAR CODE SYMBOLS WHILE USING INTERNET BROWSER PROGRAM
 Inventor: C. Harry Knowles, Morristown, N.J.
 Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc., Blackwood, N.J.
 Appl. No.: 08/820,540
 Filed: Mar. 19, 1997
Related U.S. Application Data
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 Int. C I. G06K 7/10
 U.S. CI 235/462.01; 235/472.01
 Field of Search 235/462, 472,
235/454, 375, 436, 462.01, 472.01, 472.02, 462.15, 462.46; 348/12, 13
A computer-based system is provided for composing menus of URL-encoded bar code symbols specifying the location of Internet-based information resources on the Internet. In the illustrative embodiment, the system comprises a computer system operably connectable to the Internet and including a visual display screen, a keyboard, and printer. The system also includes a GUI-based Internet browser program and a URL-menu composition program supported by the computer system. The function of the GUI-based Internet browser program is to enable a user to access and display Internet-based information resources stored on an Internet information server at a location specified by a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). The function of the URL-menu composition program is to enable the user to compose a menu of URL-encoded bar code symbols while using the GUI-based Internet browser program. After the menu of URL-encoded bar code symbols has been composed, it may be edited and then printed on a selected print medium. By virtue of the present invention, any Internet-based information resource can be automatically accessed and displayed by reading its URL-encoded bar code symbol from the printed menu using a bar code symbol reader operably connected to an Internet-enabled computer system supporting a bar code driven Internet browser program.
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16 Claims, 9 Drawing Sheets
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