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CHANGE SUMMARY LINE/EXTENDED EXPLANATORY SIDEFILE PANEL

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013065D
Original Publication Date: 2001-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

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IBM

Abstract

CHANGE SUMMARY LINE/EXTENDED EXPLANATORY SIDEFILE PANEL Abstract BookMaster, IBM's document markup language for text processing, allows users to insert comments throughout source (as opposed to formatted documents, both to increase the readability of the source text, and for explanatory reference to textual changes, text processing commands, and the like. Commment lines are identified within BookMaster documents by a period and an asterisk (".*") in the leftmost columns of the line. This period-asterisk combination designates a SCRIPT/VS control word, directing text processing controls to disregard all text on the same line as the control word; therefore, neither the period-asterisk nor the remaining text is printed in the formatted document. While comments can prove beneficial to users viewing source documents, four problems associated with their extensive use have been identified: 1. Comments add to the physical size of the source document.

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  CHANGE SUMMARY LINE/EXTENDED EXPLANATORY SIDEFILE PANEL Abstract

BookMaster, IBM's document markup language for text processing, allows users to insert comments throughout source (as opposed to formatted) documents, both to increase the readability of the source text, and for explanatory reference to textual changes, text processing commands, and the like. Commment lines are identified within BookMaster documents by a period and an asterisk (".*") in the leftmost columns of the line. This period-asterisk combination designates a SCRIPT/VS control word, directing text processing controls to disregard all text on the same line as the control word; therefore, neither the period-asterisk nor the remaining text is printed in the formatted document.

While comments can prove beneficial to users viewing source documents, four problems associated with their extensive use have been identified:

1. Comments add to the physical size of the source document.

    2. Comments do not encourage a standardized method of entering text upon a comment line (as text following the intial control word is excluded from the formatted document).

3. Comments potentially command greater attention than the changes or text processing commands to which they refer.

    4. Multiple-line comments break the succession of text processing commmands, and often limit the number of sequential commands displayed on a video screen at any one time.

This article describes a means by which BookMaster users may record thorough comments within source documents free from previously encountered problems. The change summary comment line and extended explanatory sidefile panel work together to make comment entry and retrieval simple, efficient, and systematic. Each of the following items is a response corresponding in number to a problem det...