Patent Number: 7,711,549

Title: Multi-language jump bar system and methods

Abstract: A multi-language jump bar system and methods for use in connection with a multi-language contact management computer software program. The jump bar system includes a plurality of user-selectable buttons which may be associated with alphanumeric characters from different languages through use of a character set in which each alphanumeric character is identified by a single, unique, numeric character code. The buttons enable rapid updating of displayed contact information from a contacts information database simultaneously storing contact information in multiple languages so that a user of the contact management computer software may more quickly locate contact information for a particular contact. A jump bar method enables assignment of character codes to buttons according to weights associated with each character code. Such weights may be based at least partially on the usage frequency of the alphanumeric characters associated with the character codes in their respective languages.

Inventors: Feinberg; Yaniv (Redmond, WA), Alwan; Antonio (Bothell, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 17/20 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018