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Creating Personalized User Indexes for Annotated Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103478D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a simple method for the rapid reviewing of annotated, read-only documents on DASD. There are many forms of on-line documents that will initially be read by a user and later used as a reference document (e.g., programming manuals, design specifications, financial documents, etc.). The user needs a way to create his own index or table of contents that will allow him an easy way to review the document later. The current alternative is for the user to print the document and to use stick-on tabs to help search for the areas of interest. Printing documentation in order to do annotation is very costly.

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Creating Personalized User Indexes for Annotated Documents

      This article describes a simple method for the rapid reviewing
of annotated, read-only documents on DASD.  There are many forms of
on-line documents that will initially be read by a user and later
used as a reference document (e.g., programming manuals, design
specifications, financial documents, etc.).  The user needs a way to
create his own index or table of contents that will allow him an easy
way to review the document later.  The current alternative is for the
user to print the document and to use stick-on tabs to help search
for the areas of interest.  Printing documentation in order to do
annotation is very costly.

      A new annotation function (called INDEX) gives the capability
to create an index (for a document) and to use it later to rapidly
access the desired area of the document. Index is a function that the
user can choose while in annotate mode.  While reading a document a
user may wish to create a personalized index that he may later use
for reviewing desired subjects.  The user selects the INDEX action
under the annotate pulldown.  A scrollable modifiable list containing
his current index for the document will appear.  The user may key a
new index item or copy and paste text from the document to create a
new index item.  He may then indicate the point on the current page
that pertains to the index item.  This index may be kept in
alphabetical or create-time order.

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