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Adding Personal Notes to On-Line Documentation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111875D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eckhoff, RP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In workstation products, softcopy (on-line) documentation is now replacing hardcopy publications. Described is a method which gives users a way to record their own notes in an on-line document, much like scribbling in the margins of a traditional book.

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Adding Personal Notes to On-Line Documentation

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      In workstation products, softcopy (on-line) documentation is
now replacing hardcopy publications.  Described is a method which
gives users a way to record their own notes in an on-line document,
much like scribbling in the margins of a traditional book.  IBM's
BookManager* products previously provided a personal notes
capability, but this disclosure makes two key improvements over the
prior art:

o   Visual indication of whether or not personal notes actually
    exist.

o   A personal notes summary, with links back to the document
    sections where those notes were entered.

      This disclosure uses three features of IBM's Information
Presentation Facility (IPF) to bring up a text editing window while
viewing the on-line document.

o   Hypertext links indicate spots where text can be entered.  The
    links might be coded as follows:

    :p.Select here to record any notes
       :artwork name='notes.bmp' runin.
       :artlink.
       :link reftype=launch object='e.exe' data='attribs.nte'.
       :eartlink.

o   Using artwork to graphically represent where the hypertext links
    are.

o   Using the launch command, an external text editor is launched
    when the user clicks on the hypertext area, bringing up an edit
    window.

The result looks like that shown in the Figure.

*  Trademark of IBM Corp.