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Information Skimmer Utility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105472D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR

Abstract

Many times users have the need to skim through large amounts of text information trying to determine if there is anything contained in the on-line dataset (file, document, memo, note, forum, newsclip, notice, announcement...) that would be of value to the reader. Currently, users receive little help from browse/read/edit utilities to help them identify "valuable" information in the dataset. Users must use a text locating tool repeatedly or visually skim for possible "valuable information." The user creates file(s) that contain his/her key words that they would like searched in the on-line information. The user then, while viewing on-line information, chooses to start an information skim. All "search hits" are displayed to the user in a highlighted color for the user to view.

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Information Skimmer Utility

      Many times users have the need to skim through large amounts of
text information trying to determine if there is anything contained
in the on-line dataset (file, document, memo, note, forum, newsclip,
notice, announcement...) that would be of value to the reader.
Currently, users receive little help from browse/read/edit utilities
to help them identify "valuable" information in the dataset.  Users
must use a text locating tool repeatedly or visually skim for
possible "valuable information."  The user creates file(s) that
contain his/her key words that they would like searched in the
on-line information.  The user then, while viewing on-line
information, chooses to start an information skim.  All "search hits"
are displayed to the user in a highlighted color for the user to
view.

      Today, many people are choosing to read textual information
online.  This invention takes advantage of this fact by providing a
powerful information search function that could be incorporated into
any on-line information read tool, editor, or dataset browsing
utility.  An example of the function: a user would create as many (or
few) file(s) that contained listings of words and/or phrases that
would be used as their key words.  Each of these files would be saved
as a search dictionary (Fig. 1).  When the user is viewing a document
with Utility-X, the search function would be set to ON or OFF by the
user.  If the user wants to set the function to ON, further details
about the use of the function could be specified; +plus.  Which
search dictionary(ies) would be used for the search.  Just the
default or a combination of a few or the union of all.  +  Thesaurus
search (+) ON or OFF - If ON - use synonyms for all key words and
phrases in the selected search dictionaries.  (If this is the first
time the user has chosen to use the thesaurus functi...