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User Selected White Space Zone to Control Annotation Splitting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060124D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Penn, SC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described which prevents the unacceptable splitting of annotations to minimize white space when there are other equally acceptable solutions for annotation placement that do not split the annotation, but leave more white space.

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User Selected White Space Zone to Control Annotation Splitting

A method is described which prevents the unacceptable splitting of annotations to minimize white space when there are other equally acceptable solutions for annotation placement that do not split the annotation, but leave more white space.

The method allows the user of an interactive text processing system to specify the amount of white space that would be considered acceptable if allowing the white space would prevent an annotation on the page from splitting across one or more subsequent pages. This situation assumes that the only difference between the two possible solutions is the amount of white space (which is also already under a user specified maximum amount of white space). All other factors such as KEEP constructs, body text widow lines, a minimum amount of body text on the page, annotation text widow lines, and being within the user requested maximum amount of white space, considered during pagination are equal.

There is a subtle difference between (1) specifying the maximum amount of white space acceptable (existing parameter) before considering the other rules for placement (2) satisfying all the other rules and then considering the impact of splitting an annotation on the overall size and readability of the document (new parameter). The values the users will specify are different depending on whether the user is more concerned with readability or form (e.g., visual page, document length,...