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Online Publication Editing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104968D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 6 page(s) / 197K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ackerman, S: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

An online-editing program, which makes use of Virtual Machine/System Product Editor (XEDIT), is provided in a mainframe environment. Conventional markup is replaced with electronic tagging. The author can accept or reject the editor's markup in one step. A file containing an audit trail of the author's activities is sent to the editor. Function keys are employed for ease of use. The editor may make extended comments online and at the same time provide the author with access to online-style-help files when the author does not understand a change. Thus, an editorial review can take place entirely by means of the computer. The original online-publication- editing-system program was described in [*]. This disclosure adds the new functions AMEND, COPY, CHANGE, and ED SHIFT to those described in [*].

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Online Publication Editing System

      An online-editing program, which makes use of Virtual
Machine/System Product Editor (XEDIT), is provided in a mainframe
environment.  Conventional markup is replaced with electronic
tagging.  The author can accept or reject the editor's markup in one
step.  A file containing an audit trail of the author's activities is
sent to the editor.  Function keys are employed for ease of use.  The
editor may make extended comments online and at the same time provide
the author with access to online-style-help files when the author
does not understand a change.  Thus, an editorial review can take
place entirely by means of the computer.  The original
online-publication- editing-system program was described in [*].
This disclosure adds the new functions AMEND, COPY, CHANGE, and ED
SHIFT to those described in [*].  In addition, it describes the
capability to reference online style files when a tutorial is
requested by the author.

      The online publication-editing system, which makes use of the
Virtual Machine/System Product Editor (XEDIT), provides an editorial
review in a mainframe environment in which the traditional editorial
functions are performed by using symbols that are machine-generated
rather than handwritten.  Boxed and tagged blocks are automatically
generated for editorial markup by, at most, three keystrokes.
Editing is done while one works within a file during a normal
file-editing session.  The tags on the block identify the type of
markup and whether it is being done by the editor or the author.
When the editing is completed, the file is returned to the author,
who can accept, reject, or amend the suggested editorial improvements
simply by pressing a function key.

      The area to be edited is marked for change, insertion,
deletion, or comment.  For artwork, a change function copies the part
to be changed into a special revision area and positions the cursor
at the beginning of the part to be changed.

      A history file is automatically generated and sent to the
editor whenever an author presses a DO or REJECT function key.  It
contains a time stamp, the identity of the individual who is working
in the file, a copy of the blocked area under consideration, and the
action taken.

Summary of Functions Provided in Online Publication Edit off

o   Amend

o   Automatically Provide Revision Indicators
o   Bookmark
o   Change
o   Copy Change
o   Delete
o   Do
o   History File
o   Insert
o   Mark
o   Optionally Reference Online Style File
o   Reject
o   Remark
o   Scroll
o   Shift
o   Show

      Amend: The author may reject the editor's suggestion and
instead offer an alternative revision for the editor's acceptance or
rejection.

      Automatically Provide Revision Indicators: Coding is placed
around statements that cause revision indicators to be inserted when
the file is printed; typically, the indicator is a bar in the
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