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On Line Highlighting And Margin Notes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107680D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 4 page(s) / 220K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Holzman, TG: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes an invention that provides a simple means for users to highlight on-line documents they are viewing and to make and view margin notes for those documents by using "slide-out windows." The method will work for both text and graphics and any windowing interface.

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On Line Highlighting And Margin Notes

       This article describes an invention that provides a
simple means for users to highlight on-line documents they are
viewing and to make and view margin notes for those documents by
using "slide-out windows."  The method will work for both text and
graphics and any windowing interface.

      For illustration, assume the user is reading a document in the
window of an OS/2* environment.  If the user wants to highlight some
part of the document for special attention, he can simply mark the
area of interest by left-buttoning the mouse over that area as he
would when marking with OS/2's E Presentation Manager* (PM) editor.
This results in a different background color for that portion of the
panel. Then the user would access the Edit pull-down, choosing
"Highlight," as illustrated in Fig. 1, where the user wants to
highlight the second sentence on the panel.  The result will be that
the background turns to a highlighting color (yellow is recommended
as the default, since that is the color familiar to users for
highlighting hardcopy), and that color remains in that portion of the
document when the document is saved.

      To modify or remove highlighting, the user repeats the
procedure used to insert it.  First, the user would  mark the area of
highlighting to be deleted.  Then the user would select "Highlight"
from the Edit pull-down, and the result would be the removal of the
highlighting from the marked area.

      To insert margin notes, the user begins by using the mouse to
mark the area of a document to which the margin note will refer.
Again, the user accesses the Edit pull-down, but chooses "Margin
note" this time.  This results in the marked area appearing in the
highlighting color and in a "slide-out window" appearing to the left
of that highlighted area, as illustrated in Fig. 2.  The user would
then type a margin note into the slide-out window. (In this
illustration he types "This will be helpful.")

      The vertical dimension of the text input area of the margin
note slide-out window would, by default, be the same as the vertical
dimension of the highlighted area of the primary window.  The
horizontal dimension of the margin note would, by default, be
approximately 2 inches.  If this amount of space were not available
for a slide-out window to the left of the primary window, the note
would slide out of the right side if sufficient space were available
there.  If sufficient space for the margin note did not exist on
either side of the primary window, the user would receive a warning
that the primary window would have to be re-sized in order to open a
window for the margin note.

      The user saves a margin note by pressing the "Save" pushbutton
on the margin note window.  A previously saved margin note can be
"erased" by pressing the "Delete" pushbutton.  To modify a margin
note, the user simply follows the same editing procedures as would be
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