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DIGITAL MARGINALIA

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027862D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed is a way of adding information to an electronic document without disrupting the original format and content. For centuries, people have added notes to the margins of documents. This process is known as "marginalia". It is an easy and convenient way to add information or ask questions, without disrupting the original document, and attaching the new information at the point of need.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

DIGITAL MARGINALIA

Proposed Mark S. Penke Classification

U. S. C1.707/5 16 Int. C1. G03g 15/00

Disclosed is a way of adding information to an electronic document without disrupting the original format and content.

For centuries, people have added notes to the margins of documents. This process is known as "marginalia". It is an easy and convenient way to add information or ask questions, without disrupting the original document, and attaching the new information at the point of need.

In the digital world, there is a variety of editing tools available that also make it easy to add information or ask questions in a document. The most widely used is to insert text in the body of the document. Often the user will change the font style, size or color. He or she may also bracket his or her comments to further distinguish it from the original content. While this places the new information at the point of need, it also has the tendency to make the document unwieldy and difficult to read, especially when more than one writer is adding comments.

"Digital marginalia" offers the same intuitive and easy to use solution as marginalia does in physical documents. In the tool bar of a text editor, for example, the user may select a digital marginalia icon, and select the page for editing. The software drops a blank workspace, defined by a visible border, along the right side of the document and is scaled to the width and height of that margin. The author then selects the vertica...