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Automated Word Resolution Markup Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107803D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Word processing programs (WPPs) used on personal computers typically offer several features to deal with unrecognized text (e.g., misspelled words). Among the options typically provided is "Lookup" (as implemented in WordPerfect*). This function presents the user with a list of replacement candidates for the text string in question. Often, a user will input a lengthy and/or complicated word which the user knows (even upon initial entry of the word) will require use of the Lookup function. Also, the user may enter only a partial string. Currently, WPPs do not offer the capability to mark text strings upon initial entry for processing by a Lookup-style function.

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Automated Word Resolution Markup Mechanism

       Word processing programs (WPPs) used on personal
computers typically offer several features to deal with unrecognized
text (e.g., misspelled words). Among the options typically provided
is "Lookup" (as implemented in WordPerfect*). This function presents
the user with a list of replacement candidates for the text string in
question. Often, a user will input a lengthy and/or complicated word
which the user knows (even upon initial entry of the word) will
require use of the Lookup function. Also, the user may enter only a
partial string. Currently, WPPs do not offer the capability to mark
text strings upon initial entry for processing by a Lookup-style
function.

      An "Initial-Entry Text Markup" function should be provided to
users of WPPs. One implementation involves the use of a unique
character-string sequence which, while existing as bytes in the
user's source text, serves only as a marker to the WPP to invoke the
Lookup function. Alternately, a much more elegant approach would be
to enable the user to mark the string in question without the use of
cryptic character sequences. Such an implementation would involve
allowing the user to mark a given text string via the use of keyboard
combinations, choice of a menu item from a CUA action bar pulldown,
or mouse-button combination. Immediate feedback should be presented
to the user in the form of reverse video. blinking text, changed
color, etc.
*  Trademark of Wo...