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System for Integrating and Collating Audio and Text and for Text Creation and Editing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000079487D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 17K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Welch, PD: AUTHOR

Abstract

There is described herein a system capable of accomplishing the following; 1) Directing changes in textual material and commenting on textual material by means of speech input and output, and the collation of speech and text in a computer file. 2) Creating and editing text in a computer text editing system.

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System for Integrating and Collating Audio and Text and for Text Creation and Editing

There is described herein a system capable of accomplishing the following; 1) Directing changes in textual material and commenting on

textual material by means of speech input and output, and the

collation of speech and text in a computer file.

2) Creating and editing text in a computer text editing system.

With regard to function 1 set forth hereinabove, the concept is essentially as follows: A file of textual and audio material is available to a suitable input/output device, such as a display terminal equipped with microphone input and loudspeaker output. Under function key control, audio messages are provided as input to the system and stored in conventional digital representations. These audio messages are associated by the system with the item of text in the file and with a character or byte position (e.g., line number and character number) in this item of text. This association forms the basis for the access path to the audio record. It is accessed by exhibiting the appropriate portion of text on the display, and locating the cursor at the appropriate character position.

In application, the speaker positions the display cursor at the places in the text at which he desires to comment and make his desired inputs. Upon retrieval of this item of text by another authorized person, the system indicates these audio inputs either by
(1) dynamically, by paging through the text and brightening characters (or positioning the cursor), or (2) passively brightening characters. This is done where the audio inputs had been asserted. This latter authorized person Can then position the cursor and hear the comment by the loud-speaker output. There follows hereinbelow two typical applications of text correction and text commentary according to the above-described technique.
a. The manager-secretary situation wherein a secretary prepares a

draft of a document by keying it directly into the file. When

the draft is completed, the document is "sent" to the "in

basket" of the manager for corrections. (All of those items

and functions set forth within quotes immediately

hereinabove, are handled electronically by

the filing and distribution functions of the system.) The

manager calls up the document, dictates the corrections a

described at the applicable places in the text and "returns"

the document to the secretary. The secretary then permits

the system to dynamically step through the

document, moving sequentially from correction place to

correction place. In this connection, as described earlier,

the cursor is placed at the same points that it had been

placed for dictation of audio inputs and, under function key

control, the secretary listens to the messages and keys in the

new text or corrections. The document can then be returned to

the manager for final approval or further corrections,

the audio suitably being retained until the manager confirms

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