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Methods and Tools to Facilitate Traditional Proofreading Mark-Up of Software Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021019D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed herein are methods and procedures to facilitate the electronic proofreading of documents by a second party. A tool palette of proofreading symbols is available for easy selection and insertion into the text document. The palette includes the established symbols and abbreviations as well as persistent pen color and text effect settings, such as strikeout, double strikeout, superscript and subscript, to insert and highlight changes.

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Methods and Tools to Facilitate Traditional Proofreading Mark-Up of Software Documents

Disclosed herein are software-based methods and tools to facilitate the process of adding traditional and commonly accepted proofreading markup symbols to electronic text. Currently, word processors provide a markup facility that only allows the editor to strike-out text and insert new text. Even though state-of-the-art word processors provide a host of editing and spellchecking tools, they will never replace the decision-making ability of the human proofreader. Such traditional proofreaders use a well-established set of symbols and abbreviations to indicate of variety of required and suggested edits.

This invention provides a tool palette of proofreading symbols to the user for easy selection and insertion into a text document. The palette includes the established symbols and abbreviations as well as persistent pen color and text effect settings, such as strikeout, double strikeout, superscript and subscript, to insert and highlight changes. To insert a proofreading symbol into the text, the user selects the symbol from the palette and moves the loaded cursor to the desired point of insertion, clicking mouse button 1 to insert the symbol. The persistent color pen and text effect setting overcome the problem of the user being required to reset the pen color and font each time they wish to make a textual edit. With existing systems, once the user clicks at a particular point in...