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Booktab Mini Tabs for Index Reference Groups

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110569D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 4 page(s) / 102K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, G: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In addition to a conventional listing of index entry page numbers, and highlighted booktabs, this article introduces the concept of mini-tabs embedded in an Index tab, enabling the user to move directly to a previously-selected reference group.

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Booktab Mini Tabs for Index Reference Groups

       In addition to a conventional listing of index entry page
numbers, and highlighted booktabs, this article introduces the
concept of mini-tabs embedded in an Index tab, enabling the user to
move directly to a previously-selected reference group.

      Display of indexes in electronic books is well-documented in
prior art.  Additionally, display of index tabs for selected
reference groups is also described.  What is needed is an intuitive
method to quickly re-access previously selected reference groups of
interest.  This invention provides a novel and useful extension to
existing technology.  It is equally applicable to electronic books
presented on a conventional computer screen as well as to electronic
books which exist as part of a portable, book-like computer.

      Each highlighted tab contains only the page number text, to
minimize clutter.  Tabs may be overlapped, if a large number of
references is called for.

      Fig. 1 depicts graphical index tabs (prior art) in which the
user has selected the index entry Analog.  The entry indicates that
pages 5, 27, 88 and 201 contain references to that entry.
Consequently, booktabs are built without additional user intervention
and placed in the appropriate vertical and horizontal positions,
offset into the book.

      Users may be interested in several different groups of
references at once (for instance, all pages containing references to
Bridge and all references to Router).  In this case, multiple groups
of tabs may be highlighted at once.  To reduce user confusion, color
and/or shape may be employed.  For example, the word Bridge in the
index and its related tabs could be colored blue, while the word
Router and its tabs could be colored red.  (Fig. 2 dep...