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Updating Topic Threads in Libraries On-File

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112288D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tucker, M: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a software method for easily extracting multiple overlapping sets of text from multiple books, together with the ability to modify the selections. Topics are tagged to identify specific text items for a "Thread" review of a set of documents. Three new specific EXEC definitions make this method simple, flexible and easy to create. The embodiment described relates to an IBM library tool, "Bookmaster*", but the thread principle could be incorporated elsewhere.

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Updating Topic Threads in Libraries On-File

      Disclosed is a software method for easily extracting multiple
overlapping sets of text from multiple books, together with the
ability to modify the selections.  Topics are tagged to identify
specific text items for a "Thread" review of a set of documents.
Three new specific EXEC definitions make this method simple, flexible
and easy to create.  The embodiment described relates to an IBM
library tool, "Bookmaster*", but the thread principle could be
incorporated elsewhere.

      In a library of books and documents some topics appear in more
than one place.  It is often necessary for search and review to
collect together all of one topic and place it in a single file.
Capturing such information is laborious and needs to be repeated from
scratch each time information changes.  The existing method employed
in most systems is to view each softcopy version and extract the
relevant parts.  By using tags described later it is still necessary
to review fully for the first time but subsequently an executive
instruction is used for repeats.  An enhancement is to use the
concept of threads through specified tagged topics in several books
spread through the library.  Once a thread has been established they
can be easily invoked and updated using only three new commands.

      A solution to the above problem is to create a tagging system
for the existing books so that an EXEC could go through a library and
extract a given thread.  Tags to identify a thread are:

                         .* THREAD ABC START

                         WANTED TEXT

                         .* THREAD ABC STOP

Note that .* is a comment line which has no effect on the host text.
In the above example, all text between the tags can be captured.
There could be any number of other thread tags in the text, but at
the point of capture, only 'ABC' is recognised.  Any number of
differe...