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Method for generating page references for HTML links in an HTML document for printing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015580D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jun-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 121K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method for generating page references for HTML links in an HTML document for printing Reading an html document online has the benefit of traversing to part of a document by following a link or a target to a specific section of the document. However, when the same document is printed out as a hard copy for offline viewing, much of this ability is lost. If reading the hardcopy, a reference to a subject would require the reader to flip through the entire document just to look up what is being referenced. This invention would solve this problem by making the tags or links reference be expanded to a page number reference when printed. This solution would require the browser to dynamically analyze the webpages and the printer settings (such as size of paper) to provide the page references. This solution solves the problem by first making a pass on the document to be printed adding in space for page numbers and calculating all the page numbers. It will then make a second pass of the document to expand links to the appropriate page numbers.

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Method for generating page references for HTML links in an HTML document for

printing

Reading an html document online has the benefit of traversing to part of a document by following a link or a target to a specific section of the document. However, when the same document is printed out as a hard copy for offline viewing, much of this ability is lost. If reading the hardcopy, a reference to a subject would require the reader to flip through the entire document just to look up what is being referenced. This invention would solve this problem by making the tags or links reference be expanded to a page number reference when printed. This solution would require the browser to dynamically analyze the webpages and the printer settings (such as size of paper) to provide the page references.

This solution solves the problem by first making a pass on the document to be printed adding in space for page numbers and calculating all the page numbers. It will then make a second pass of the document to expand links to the appropriate page numbers.

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Above are a series of html document examples. The first figure is an HTML document that would have been displayed on the screen. When this document is printed it is displayed exactly the way it appears. With this technology, the document would be processed and one of the three examples (A - full expansion of the page reference, B - superscript of the page expansion, C - superscript and a foot note to the page reference e...