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Automatic Positioning of Opened Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114688D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weber, OW: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a system which automatically navigates the user to the pertinent information in a document. This is accomplished by allowing the user to pre-configure a Mail Read Profile (MRP), thus informing the system how to present the mail item to the user upon specific invocation requests.

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Automatic Positioning of Opened Objects

      Disclosed is a system which automatically navigates the user to
the pertinent information in a document.  This is accomplished by
allowing the user to pre-configure a Mail Read Profile (MRP), thus
informing the system how to present the mail item to the user upon
specific invocation requests.

      Workstation users frequently receive dozens of electronic mail
items each day.  Several times per day, the user opens the inbasket,
opens each individual item, reads the pertinent information, and
closes or files the item.  Many mail items include a substantial
amount of peripheral information which may be of no interest to the
user, such as date/time stamp, Subject information, the entire
distribution list, or forward/reply information.  This information is
usually included at the front of the document such that the user must
page through all of this information before reaching the pertinent
information.  For those frequent occasions when the user only wants
to quickly scan the important and relevant data in the inbasket, this
is a time-consuming and unnecessary task, especially when the
performance of each page-down operation is degraded, such as in a
modem-connected home terminal environment.  Sometimes it actually
takes much longer to page past all the irrelevant data than it does
to read the pertinent part of an otherwise short note.

      With the disclosed system, the user is automatically navigated
to the p...