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Book Creation from Index References

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108745D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 110K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Keller, RS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When using a paper manual with index, one irritant is that for many topics there are multiple references. Most users end up using a finger to mark the place in the index, while looking through the book for the references. This, too, can sometimes make for a problem when the fingers lose their places or a user runs out of fingers.

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Book Creation from Index References

       When using a paper manual with index, one irritant is
that for many topics there are multiple references.  Most users end
up using a finger to mark the place in the index, while looking
through the book for the references.  This, too, can sometimes make
for a problem when the fingers lose their places or a user runs out
of fingers.

      In the case of on-line publications, the problem has been
exacerbated.  There, the user cannot place a finger in the index to
mark the stop.  The user is faced with writing down all of the
references and then searching for each one.

      What is needed here is a way to allow the user to look at
the index and make some useful electronic actions.  To start this,
let us look at a typical index entry (extracted from VM/SP CMS for
System Programming with some editing for illustration purposes):
minidisks
   also see DASD
   extents 295
   file directory of 328
   IMPORT/EXPORT restrictions with VSAM 307
   shared EDF R/O 328
   temporary 283
   transporting to OS after CMS VSAM usage  281
   using with VSAM data sets 281

      These index entries give starting pages to find the
information.  The first part of solving this problem is to extend the
index entry.  The extension would contain information that is not
displayed to the user but accessible to the on-line publications
system.  The following is the same index as above with the extensions
in parentheses:
minidisks
   also see DASD
   extents 295 (L017 - L049)
   file directory of 328 (L001 - L021)
   restriction on EXPORT/IMPORT with VSAM 307 (L050 - P310 L033)
   shared EDF R/O 328 (L023 - P329 L08)
   temporary 283 (L023 - P284 L015)
   transporting to OS after CMS VSAM usage 281 (L004 - L032)
   using with VSAM data sets 281 (L034 - P282 L045)

      The extensions have added line numbers to each entry. If the
reference is on multiple pages, the ending pointer lists the page
number.  With this information the on-line publications system has
the capability to find the beginning and ending of the information
being indexed.

      Once the user finds the index entry desired, the user then
activates a "create book" function (via PF key, mouse, light pen, or
other like device).  The create book function first brings the index
entry into an edit session.  This allows the user to pick-and-choose
the entries wanted.  In order to help the user select the entries he
wants, the editor must have the capability to allow the user...