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Highlighted Booktabs for Index Listings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103859D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Users of electronic books often refer to indexes to find page reference numbers for given entries. While useful, display of only the pertinent numbers require the user to navigate through the document in a conventional, often tedious manner.

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Highlighted Booktabs for Index Listings

      Users of electronic books often refer to indexes to find page
reference numbers for given entries.  While useful, display of only
the pertinent numbers require the user to navigate through the
document in a conventional, often tedious manner.

      In addition to a conventional listing of index entry page
numbers, this invention provides highlighted booktabs located at each
referenced page, enabling the user to move directly to each page by
clicking, with a mouse, on the tabs.

      Basic technology for electronic books is well documented in
prior art.

      Further, the display of indexes in such electronic books are
also described.  Missing is an intuitive method to quickly access
references of interest.  This invention provides an extension to
existing technology.  It is equally applicable to electronic books
presented on a conventional computer screen as well as to electronic
books which exist as part of a portable, book-like computer.

      Each highlighted tab contains only the page number text, to
minimize clutter.  Tabs may be overlapped, if a large number of
references is called for.

      Figure 1 depicts an embodiment of the invention, in which the
user has selected the index entry "Analog."  The entry indicates that
pages 5, 27, 88 and 201 contain references to that entry.
Consequently, booktabs are built without additional user intervention
and placed in the appropriate vertical and horizontal positions,
offset into the book.

      Users may be interested in several different groups o...