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Implicit Reader Links in Online Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111735D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Keiser, HR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Creating links in online information increases the ability to access desired information. However, the manual creation of links in the information is a time-consuming and error-prone procedure. The current BookManager READ products provide the associative linking function to provide users with a list of associated information without having the author explicitly code the links. However, if a book reader wishes to have additional links in the information they must manually create links. This invention allows the user to have access to associated information without explicitly creating links.

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Implicit Reader Links in Online Information

      Creating links in online information increases the ability to
access desired information.  However, the manual creation of links in
the information is a time-consuming and error-prone procedure.  The
current BookManager READ products provide the associative linking
function to provide users with a list of associated information
without having the author explicitly code the links.  However, if a
book reader wishes to have additional links in the information they
must manually create links.  This invention allows the user to have
access to associated information without explicitly creating links.

SOLUTION

      Among the many types of hypertext links provided by IBM
BookManager READ is associative linking.  Associative links let you
get more information about words that appear in the text.  When you
select a word in the text that is not a cross-reference or a link
created by the book's author, BookManager READ checks to see if the
word appears in one of the following book parts:  an index, a
glossary, a message and code section, or a reference section
describing commands or programming language element names.  If the
selected word appears in any of these book parts, you see a list of
the available links.  You can then choose to move to the topic
pointed to by the word's index entry, to its definition in the
glossary, or to its description in the message, code, or reference
section.

      By use of the autolink tag in BookMaster, an author can specify
other books in addition to the current book to search for associative
links.  An author can specify that the glossary of Book 2 and the
message section of Book 3 should also be checked when th...