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Mechanism to Facilitate Faster and Less Tedious Comprehension of Printed Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111777D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Manthuruthil, GC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article proposes a method allowing a reader to understand a printed document which demands above average and/or uncommon vocabulary levels without significantly affecting the flow of reading.

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Mechanism to Facilitate Faster and Less Tedious Comprehension of
Printed Documents

      This article proposes a method allowing a reader to understand
a printed document which demands above average and/or uncommon
vocabulary levels without significantly affecting the flow of
reading.

      In spite of the proliferation of on-line information sources,
printed word is by far the most popular source of knowledge today.
Consequently, any aids to speed-up the assimilation of printed
information significantly contribute to the productivity levels of
knowledge workers.  Generally, comprehension of such printed
documents which require above average and uncommon vocabulary levels
is a difficult and often tedious process.  The reader while
encountering a difficult word and/or topic needs to refer to an
on-line or printed dictionary/ thesaurus frequently.  The mechanics
of this process involves the following steps:

o   Recognize the word that is difficult to understand

o   Stop reading

o   Access printed or on-line dictionary

o   Refer to the printed word, multiple times (especially if it is a
    long or a foreign word, as in the case of Latin terms)

o   Read the information

o   Pick-up the printed material

o   Locate the place where it was left-off

o   Attempt to understand the meaning of the word within the context
    and continue with the printed document.

      This process is cumbersome, time consuming, and contributes to
the disruption of the mainline process of understanding the printed
document that is being perused.

      This article proposes a new innovative method to make this
process easy and without disruption to the reading flow.  The method
requires the following configuration:

o   A slim (check-book size) processor device containing:

    -   A processor,

    -   A flat panel display screen,

    -   High capacity memory/miniature disk drive loaded with
        specialized thesaurus/encyclopedia/hypermedia DB,

    -   Radio frequency receiver...