05897622 is referenced by 632 patents and cites 4 patents.

The present invention provides a merchant system for online shopping and merchandising. The merchant system architecture provides great flexibility for a merchant to adapt the merchant system to their existing business practices, promotions and databases. The merchant system includes a dynamic page generator, a configurable order processing module and a database module capable of retrieving data from the database without regard to its schema. The present invention enables merchants to create electronic orders which are easily adaptable for different sales situations. The order processing module includes multiple configurable stages to process a merchant's electronic orders. The merchant system is capable of generating pages dynamically using templates having embedded directives. The database module and the dynamic page generator allow merchants to modify their databases and page displays without having to reengineer the merchant system.

Title
Electronic shopping and merchandising system
Application Number
8/732012
Publication Number
5897622
Application Date
October 16, 1996
Publication Date
April 27, 1999
Inventor
Gregory J Stein
Redmond
WA, US
Michael Lorton
Redmond
WA, US
Michael Ari Cohen
San Francisco
CA, US
Arnold Blinn
Bellevue
WA, US
Agent
Lee & Hayes PLLC
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
G06F 13/00
G06F 17/60
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