(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2004/0030675 Al
Could (43) Pub. Date: Feb. 12,2004
(54) SYSTEM, METHOD, AND ARTICLE OF MANUFACTURE FOR SEAMLESS INTEGRATED SEARCHING
(76) Inventor: Eric Justin Could, Austin, TX (US)
Silicon Valley IP Group, PC
P.O. Box 721120
San Jose, CA 95172-1120 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/635,880
(22) Filed: Aug. 5, 2003
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation of application No. 09/534,912, filed on Mar. 23, 2000, now Pat. No. 6,633,903.
(51) Int. CI.7 G06F 7/00
(52) U.S. C I 707/1
A search system (10) employing a scheme of meta-folders (14) in which conventional objects (18) and search objects (20) may be stored in an intermingling manner. Upon opening a meta-folder (14) the search objects (20) are resolved into conventional static pointers, and thus into conventional objects (18). Optionally, an unresolved metafolder (14a) may very fleetingly appear while this occurs. A resolved meta-folder (14a) then results, presenting only conventional objects (18). In particular, the search objects (20) may be search criteria which the process of resolving causes to produce only such searched out conventional objects (18) which are currently available. Users (80) of the search system (10) my employ it in large network environments (82), including the Internet (96).