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File System which Integrates and Collates Text and Tablet Entered Script and Graphics for Text Creation and Commentary

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000079488D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 14K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Welch, PD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

There is described herein a technique for collating and integrating text with images, created by an electronic pencil in a display oriented text creation and distribution system. The technique facilitates the editing and review of documents and effective storage of commentary on documents in the system. The technique is essentially a file system for text and script images, with the access paths for the script images being through byte positions in the documents.

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File System which Integrates and Collates Text and Tablet Entered Script and Graphics for Text Creation and Commentary

There is described herein a technique for collating and integrating text with images, created by an electronic pencil in a display oriented text creation and distribution system. The technique facilitates the editing and review of documents and effective storage of commentary on documents in the system. The technique is essentially a file system for text and script images, with the access paths for the script images being through byte positions in the documents.

Consider a display oriented text creation and distribution system which includes electronic pencil input and the ability to store, retrieve and display the resulting images, both script and drawings. The terminal of such system suitably consists of a tablet with electronic pencil, key-board and a display device having a raster graphics capability, such that it can display script created by the pencil and tablet as well as the text of the existing documents. Alternatively, such system can suitably comprise two display terminals, one for text and one for pencil images.

In accordance with the technique described herein, it is assumed that a file of textual material is available by conventional means to the terminals. Under function key control, pencil created images can be applied as inputs and stored in the standard binary raster representation. These images are associated by the system with the items of text on the display and with a byte position (e.g., line number and character number) in the text. They are accessed by positioning a cursor at this byte position in the text as seen on the display and pressing the appropriate function key.

In operation, the text writer positions the text display cursor at a place in the text, whereat he wishes to make a comment. He then inputs the pencil image and proceeds to the next place where he wishes to make a comment, and so on. Upon the retrieval of the document by another authorized person, according to the technique, there are indications through the display at the places at which comments had been made, and possibly the cursor is stepped dynamically through these places. When the cursor is positioned at an entry point and the proper-function key is depressed, the corresponding pencil image is displayed. There now follows hereinbelow examples of two applications for text creation and text commentary according to the technique.
1) The manager-secretary situation. In this application,...