JAVA APPLET - PROPOSAL #3
Original Publication Date: 2001-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-11
JAVA APPLET PROPOSAL #3 Title: Using a Java* application, an HTML browser, and Adobe** Acrobat*** software for superior printing and viewing of a subset of HTML articles in a user-defined order.
JAVA APPLET - PROPOSAL #3
Title: Using a Java* application, an HTML browser, and Adobe** Acrobat*** software for superior printing and viewing of a subset of HTML articles in a user-defined order.
Disclosed in this article is a method and approach for combining a Java application, known HTML browser printing and path capture functions, and Adobe software to help end users better manage, disseminate, and use articles of interest in an information system. In summary, a Java application can track the articles a user browses while looking for information in a large collection of articles about a product. When the user has finished looking at articles, the application presents a list of visited articles and allows the user to select items of interest and arrange the articles in a list that makes sense. This list of HTML documents is then submitted to Adobe Acrobat software for creation of a single linear document combining the information in an order that reflects the user's requirements. The resulting PDF file can then be used for print or online distribution.
This approach helps customers face several information management problems:
There can be many articles in a product information set. The information is often broken down into small chunks (examples, tasks, context-sensitive pieces, definitions, and so on). The information is often broken down into chapters and sets that make sense to the authors--but not necessarily to the customer Customers are not always provided with methods for rearranging the information or subsetting the information
A solution to these problems is to take advantage of existing function and existing products and then combine the result with a Java application that helps customers manage their information.
Step 1: Recognize that browsers know where you have been. Pressing the Back button or accessing the History list from a browser are well known methods for allowing users to retrace their steps. This same information can be accessed or simply captured by an application that takes notes on the articles that a user has looked at during a session. This function is passive and simply takes note of each article address.
Step 2: Provide a Java function allowing users to see where they have been and to work with a list o...