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Interactive linked reference

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028805D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jun-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jun-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention links a text segment describing a figure (text) with the figure (text) it describes, in such a way that when the computer cursor is placed on the linked text section, the referenced figure is displayed in a semi-transparent version in conjunction with and overlapping the text describing it.

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Interactive linked reference

The solution avoids the need for scrolling back and forth between a description of a figure or piece of text and the figure/piece of text it references within a given document (or remotely by means of a hyper-link). Furthermore, the solution enhances the figure description, in the sense that it highlights (in a broad sense) the corresponding part of the figure when the user places the cursor on the corresponding referencing text segment. There are no other known solutions but scrolling back and forth, or manuallly and explicitly opening the figure in another window (if possible), to be placed side by side with referencing text. No solutions exist for the highlighting part.

    This invention links a text segment describing a figure with the figure it describes, in such a way that when the computer cursor is placed on the linked text section, the referenced figure is displayed in a semi-transparent version in conjunction with and overlapping the text describing it. In addition, sub-references within the linked explanatory text may be defined and further linked to different parts of the aforementioned figure, such that these parts are highlighted, in some sense (such as, for example, zooming, highlighting, or color-enhancing) each one in its turn, when the cursor flies-by the corresponding sub-reference.

    A text segment (to be called "linked reference") is defined to be linked to a given figure within a document. When the cursor flies-by this pre-defined linked reference, the referenced figure is displayed, in a semi-transpearent version, ov...