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An Enhancement to the "Method to Determine the Correctness of a Set of Related Documents"

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014308D
Original Publication Date: 2001-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Often a collection of documents must function as one unit. For example, a single police report may be made up of an incident report, some number of pages devoted to witnesses involved, some number of pages devoted to vehicles involved, and other sets of pages used for other purposes. The number of pages for each of these "sections" in a report is unknown when the forms are printed; while someone who is reporting information in the conventional way can simply add paper forms as necessary, a new approach must be used when dealing with electronic documents. Document management is not a new technology, but some new areas, ready for innovation, do become apparent when you begin to consider the different possibilities available in an electronic environment. One such area is in the validation of the correctness of the data entered into the form(s). Validity in a multi-page document as described above can mean many different things, whether it deals with the presence or absence of pages, information entered in other locations, or simple typographic errors.

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  An Enhancement to the "Method to Determine the Correctness of a Set of Related Documents"

   Often a collection of documents must function as one unit. For example, a single police report may be made up of an incident report, some number of pages devoted to witnesses involved, some number of pages devoted to vehicles involved, and other sets of pages used for other purposes. The number of pages for each of these "sections" in a report is unknown when the forms are printed; while someone who is reporting information in the conventional way can simply add paper forms as necessary, a new approach must be used when dealing with electronic documents. Document management is not a new technology, but some new areas, ready for innovation, do become apparent when you begin to consider the different possibilities available in an electronic environment. One such area is in the validation of the correctness of the data entered into the form(s). Validity in a multi-page document as described above can mean many different things, whether it deals with the presence or absence of pages, information entered in other locations, or simple typographic errors.

A problem arises when implementing this type of validation: information from the validating process must be reformatted and collected to make it understandable to the novice user. Historically, this reformat of the data is handled very simply; at best, an error message is displayed to the user, and likely contains only the basest of information regarding where the error was f...