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Implementing Document Assembly Via Layered Windowing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062706D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barker, BA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Assembling data into a document from one or more documents is interactively accomplished, without explicitly referencing the data, by using a layered windowing scheme.

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Implementing Document Assembly Via Layered Windowing

Assembling data into a document from one or more documents is interactively accomplished, without explicitly referencing the data, by using a layered windowing scheme.

In existing editing systems, assembling data into a document from one or more documents is implemented by the user explicitly referencing the data in the external document. The reference can be either static or live and can be resolved either in interactive or batch mode. This method is adequate as long as the user knows ahead of time the exact data to be assembled and has followed the necessary system requirements to indicate a unique tag for the data. In some cases, the user may not know that he needs to assemble data from a second document until he has started editing the first document.

The solution to this problem is to let the user interactively assemble the data from one document into ano without an explicit reference to the data. While editing one document, the user can open a window in that document and bring in a second document that contains the data to be assembled. Once the second document is in the window, the user can scroll the data within the window until he locates the data that he wants assembled into the first document. After the data has been scrolled into view, the user can adjust the size of the window so that the assembled data fits exactly within the window boundaries.

The advantage of this solution is that the user can m...