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Method of producing revision bars in books produced from HTML source

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015455D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

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IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for producing revision bars in published books that are authored in HTML. In technical manuals it is important to indicate new and changed material. Such material is typically denoted with a vertical bar in the left margin next to each new and changed line. Most general markup languages have a facility for identifying revised material; however, there is no native tagging in HTML for doing so. This method is a general solution to the problem of producing revision bars to denote changed text in books produced from HTML source, and includes the ability to process multiple levels of revisions.

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Method of producing revision bars in books produced from HTML source

  Disclosed is a method for producing revision bars in published books that are authored in HTML. In technical manuals it is important to indicate new and changed material. Such material is typically denoted with a vertical bar in the left margin next to each new and changed line. Most general markup languages have a facility for identifying revised material; however, there is no native tagging in HTML for doing so. This method is a general solution to the problem of producing revision bars to denote changed text in books produced from HTML source, and includes the ability to process multiple levels of revisions.

The method uses an idiosyncratic tagging combination that is recognized by HTML2IDD (IBM Japan's tool for converting HTML to IBMIDDoc format). HTML2IDD converts the tagging to SGML revision markup so as to be handled appropriately by Xyvision transform to PostScript. The tagging has these properties:

o It can be used legally in HTML, including at a granularity finer than a paragraph and within examples.

o It is recognized and transformed by HTML2IDD.

o No one would be likely to accidentally code it and be suddenly surprised by unexpected revision bars.

o It permits more than one level of revisions, each of which is capable of being easily turned on or off.

o It has a predictable format so that it can easily be globally changed (for example, to produce color markup when delivering HTML instead of book output).

HTML2IDD was modified such that whenever it finds the following markup in HTML source:

<var><font size="-2"><a name=" revision-name ">revised
text</a></font></var>

one of two things occurs:

1) When there is a <revdefs> section (that is, a revision declaration) in the IBMIDDoc master file whose identifier precisely m...