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Document Access Program

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108892D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kameya, C: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a low-cost system for improving accessibility of product documentation comprising two elements. A text file is imbedded with control characters flagging the primary topics of the document. Then, the Document Access Program acts upon this file to generate topical selection menus.

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Document Access Program

      Disclosed is a low-cost system for improving accessibility of
product documentation comprising two elements.  A text file is
imbedded with control characters flagging the primary topics of the
document.  Then, the Document Access Program acts upon this file to
generate topical selection menus.

      Product documentation is normally distributed on a diskette in
the form of a text file.  To locate specific information, the user
must either print out the entire file or browse it through an editor.
Both methods become onerous when a file is large.  But the Document
Access Program performs this task quickly and easily.

      Under the proposed scheme, the user generates a document and
identifies up to twelve primary subjects.  For each subject, the user
flags a heading to identify the topic.  This is accomplished by
delimiting a key phrase of up to 28 characters with "primary menu"
control characters. Under each heading, as many as twelve subtopics
may also be flagged by "secondary menu" control characters.  A total
of 144 topics can be identified.

      The Document Access Program uses this imbedded file to generate
a two-tiered menu system.  It performs a preliminary scan of the text
to build indexes or tables for menu generation.  This design allows
changes to be made to the text, and reflects these in the menus,
without requiring program modifications.

      A primary menu is displayed.  The user selects a topi...