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Automatic Reference Generation for Hyperlink Printouts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110838D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Many software products are beginning to ship only online documentation. If users want hardcopy, they print the online documentation themselves. Much of the online documentation also contains hyperlinks, highlighted portions of text that when selected, automatically take the user to another related section of the document. In printing out the online documentation, users lose the function of these important and useful hyperlinks. In hardcopy, there is no way to tell where the hyperlink is pointing.

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Automatic Reference Generation for Hyperlink Printouts

      Many software products are beginning to ship only online
documentation.  If users want hardcopy, they print the online
documentation themselves.  Much of the online documentation also
contains hyperlinks, highlighted portions of text that when selected,
automatically take the user to another related section of the
document.  In printing out the online documentation, users lose the
function of these important and useful hyperlinks.  In hardcopy,
there is no way to tell where the hyperlink is pointing.

      Disclosed is a technique to automatically generate page
references for hyperlinks of online documentation when users print
the document in hardcopy.  During the printing process, the system
would look where each hyperlink takes the user and translate that
point into a page reference.  The system then inserts the page
reference into the hardcopy documentation.  The user is then able to
use the function of the hyperlink in the hardcopy documentation by
simply going to the appropriate page in the documentation.
Optionally, users could elect to have the hyperlink references
printed as footnotes rather than in the text so that the text is
printed uninterrupted.