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User Generated Hypertext Links

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106305D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A technique is disclosed for allowing users to highlight any text they either create themselves or receive from another user, and link that text to a component or application within the product.

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User Generated Hypertext Links

      A technique is disclosed for allowing users to highlight any
text they either create themselves or receive from another user, and
link that text to a component or application within the product.

o   When users create or receive a note, meeting notice or document,
    they can highlight a word or phrase, date, name, or phone number
    and then select the "hypertext link action".

o   A window will appear with a list of objects that the highlighted
    text can be linked to (Inbasket, Calendar, Address Book, Mail
    Drawer, File Manager...).

o     Once the link is made, the text will appear highlighted or
    outlined as an indication that a link exists.  Within the example
    below indicates that the date is linked to the calendar.

                      ----Cal----
                     | 12/11/92  |
                      -----------

o   Now, anytime the user selects a linked item, the system
    determines what type of item it is (name, date, phrase...),
    acesses the action matrix (see table that follows), and performs
    the prescribed action.

o   A predefined action matrix will show which specific kinds of text
    can be linked to which applications.  The table below shows this
    predefined action matrix of links, and explains what will open or
    appear when the linked text is selected:

                  InBasket     Calendar      AB      File Manger
Phone
----------------------------------------------------------
           Date |notes       | Cal for   |          | notes sent or|
|
                |received    | that day  | N/A      | rcvd on that |
N/A  |
                |on that day |           |          | day          |
|
|------------|-----------|----------|--------------|-------|
           Name |all notes   | cal for   | this     | notes or     |
call  |
                |from this   | this      | person's | dcmts from   |
this  |
                |person      | person    | AB entry | this person
|person |
|------------|-----------|----------|--------------|-------|
    Phrase/Word |notes       | events    |          | notes or     |
|
                |containing  | containing|  N/A     | dcmts w/     |
N/A  |
                |these wrds  | these wrds|          | these wrds   |
|
|------------|-----------|----------|--------------|-------|
        Phone # |notes from  | events for| entry for| files from   |
call  |
                |person w/ ...