Patent Number: 7,770,123

Title: Method for dynamically generating a "table of contents" view of a HTML-based information system

Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for dynamically generating an HTML-based information help system. The information help system provides a user with a table of contents of the information that is currently available on the system. The table of contents is generated by scanning specific files for meta-tag information. The gathered information is merged with pre-defined HTML template files that control the formatting and presentation of the information. The resulting table of contents which is provided to the user accurately reflects the current content of the information system. By dynamically generating the table of contents for the information help system, the present invention allows authors to add, remove, and change individual components of the system while ensuring that users are presented with an accurate and complete list of the information available for use.

Inventors: Meyer; Gordon R. (San Jose, CA), Howard, Jr.; Albert R. (Fremont, CA), Knabe; Kevin (San Jose, CA), Hoiberg; Richard B. (Gilroy, CA)

Assignee: Apple Inc.

International Classification: G06F 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/03/12018