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Linking Handwriting Annotation With Text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037012D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kitamura, K: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that provides link and filing features for existing application programs with no functions for handwriting. It does not require application programs to be modified. This system is a terminate and stay resident (TSR) program and deals with all handwriting operations independent of the application program, a link feature preserves the correspondence between a text and its handwritten annotation. A filing feature automatically consolidates the annotated data into a single text file. Handwritten annotation means characters, symbols, and figures, providing additional information on or beside text (Fig. 1).

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Linking Handwriting Annotation With Text

Disclosed is a system that provides link and filing features for existing application programs with no functions for handwriting. It does not require application programs to be modified. This system is a terminate and stay resident (TSR) program and deals with all handwriting operations independent of the application program, a link feature preserves the correspondence between a text and its handwritten annotation. A filing feature automatically consolidates the annotated data into a single text file. Handwritten annotation means characters, symbols, and figures, providing additional information on or beside text (Fig. 1).

In order to preserve the correspondence between a text and its annotation, information on this correspondence has to be kept in the text data, because text is the only available data type for application programs, such as text editors and word processors. This information is pointed to by the "Link Marker". A link marker is a special type of character, but it is neither an alphabetic symbol nor a Kanji character. In order to establish a correspondence, the user specifies a group of strokes as a unit of a link operation and the location of linking. Then, the system puts the character code of the link marker into the text by simulating keyboard operations. Whenever the user moves or copies phrases or sentences that include the link marker to other locations, the corresponding annotations will follow the link marker.

The position of the link marker becomes the basis for displaying handwritten annotations on the text (Fig. 2). The system searches for the link marker within the screen, which is the presentation space of the applica...