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Mirroring Headings from the Contents for Usability and Retrievability

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105421D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Butterfield, PM: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

When an online document is created using the Information Presentation Facility (IPF) Version 1.3, a table of contents for the document is automatically generated by the IPF compiler. When the table of contents is first displayed, a list of topic headings (head ones) is displayed. Subheadings, such as head twos, are indicated by a plus sign next to a heading. A user can see all of the headings by clicking on the plus signs, using a mouse. The user can then select a heading or subheading to display the associated article. The problem is that if the user wants to go to another article (other than the first one selected), the user must go back to the table of contents and select the appropriate subheading to display the article.

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Mirroring Headings from the Contents for Usability and Retrievability

      When an online document is created using the Information
Presentation Facility  (IPF) Version 1.3, a table of contents for the
document is automatically generated by the IPF compiler.  When the
table of contents is first displayed, a list of topic headings (head
ones) is displayed.  Subheadings, such as head twos, are indicated by
a plus sign next to a heading.  A user can see all of the headings by
clicking on the plus signs, using a mouse.  The user can then select
a heading or subheading to display the associated article.  The
problem is that if the user wants to go to another article (other
than the first one selected), the user must go back to the table of
contents and select the appropriate subheading to display the
article.

      To enable the user to get to a subheading article without going
back to the table of contents, a listing is provided at the bottom of
the article that mirrors the next level of headings.  For example, a
section of the table of contents might look as follows:

     o   Using Shared Resources
         -   Using Aliases and Netnames: Overview
         -   Using a Printer Resource:
         -   Example
         -   Listing Your Current Assignments: Procedure
         -   Changing Logon Resource Assignments: Procedure

         -   Using Resources Temporarily:  Overview

     If the user selects the Shared Resources article, it would look
     as follows:

     Using Shared Resources In Overview - Resources are defined...