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Improved Indexing Into Online Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061050D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beighley, DS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In the present method for indexing into online information, the help text is structured with the following format: Table Of Contents Generated automatically by the editor. Guide Section "How to" perform various common tasks. Reference Section Large section functioning quite like traditional help. In the product, the user positions the cursor to the portion of the display the user wants help on and presses the HELP key. The user will be taken to the appropriate page within this section. Glossary List of terms used in the product. Index Subject index for the product. This structure is presented to the user in the form of the "Getting Started" manuals and within the first part of the Online Information itself. A Subject Index is also used in this method.

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Improved Indexing Into Online Information

In the present method for indexing into online information, the help text is structured with the following format: Table Of Contents Generated automatically by the editor. Guide Section

"How to" perform various common tasks. Reference Section

Large section functioning quite like traditional help. In the product, the user positions the cursor to the portion of the display the user wants help on and presses the HELP key. The user will be taken to the appropriate page within this section. Glossary List of terms used in the product. Index Subject index for the product. This structure is presented to the user in the form of the "Getting Started" manuals and within the first part of the Online Information itself. A Subject Index is also used in this method. When using the Help Facility, the user can press Help and go to the Subject Index. The Index screen appears in Fig. A. The user can at any time, while in the index or anywhere in the help facility, key an alphabetic character and go to that letter in the index.

Hence, if the user keys "C", the Subject Index starting at the "C's" is displayed. The Online Help facility includes Help Text Labels, which are instructions for going to sections of a document in response to the user's key entries. A table of labels is built which includes label name (letters of the alphabet, for example) and page and line number to open the document. If a user, for example, wants help with "zone wid...