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The Paper Clip

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104555D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ashton, DP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The paper clip is an object which a user can attach to an on-line document at any point in the document as a marker. This will allow the user to indicate important parts of the document and will facilitate retrieval for the user. The user will be able to use more than one paper clip at a time as each paper clip is an instance of a paper clip object. The user will be able to attach a number of paper clips to a single document.

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The Paper Clip

      The paper clip is an object which a user can attach to an
on-line document at any point in the document as a marker.  This will
allow the user to indicate important parts of the document and will
facilitate retrieval for the user.  The user will be able to use more
than one paper clip at a time as each paper clip is an instance of a
paper clip object.  The user will be able to attach a number of paper
clips to a single document.

      With lengthy on-line documentation, users often want to page
back and forth between specific points of the document.  Now they
must search either with a keyword or by trying to find the section
based on the content of the document.  Users have no readily
available visual cue by which to recognize a point in the document.
The Paper Clip would remedy this problem in an OS/2* environment.

      The invention can be implemented by providing a Paper Clip Icon
for the user.  When reading a document the user can click on the
Paper Clip Icon and attach it to that place on the scroll bar which
seems most appropriate to the user.  Since there is no logical limit
to the number of Paper Clips, the user can attach as many as
necessary to the document.  Also, the Paper Clips can be color-coded
by the user to facilitate search based on the user's own coding
scheme.

* Trademark of IBM Corp.