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Side Notes with Automatic Processing, Hidden Display, Fixed and Floating Notes and a Continuation Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114915D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 195K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Douglas, GL: AUTHOR

Abstract

The concept of a side note, information to the right or left side of the body text, such as illustrations in a dictionary or references in a study Bible, is well known. In a word processing system, where the information is displayed and printed, there is need to provide several additional capabilities. Four additional functions are described below.

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Side Notes with Automatic Processing, Hidden Display, Fixed and Floating
Notes and a Continuation Function

      The concept of a side note, information to the right or left
side of the body text, such as illustrations in a dictionary or
references in a study Bible, is well known.  In a word processing
system, where the information is displayed and printed, there is need
to provide several additional capabilities.  Four additional
functions are described below.

      First, in a word processing or document processing system with
the side-note capability, a mechanism is provided that allows the
text on the page in both the body-text location and in the side-note
location to be automatically readjusted or reformatted when editing
changes are made to either the body text or the side-note text.  This
involves seven steps of processing the information on the page to
recompose the page within the user-specified formatting parameters.
  1.  The system will dynamically update the display as text revision
       proceeds, reformatting the text images, graphics, spreadsheet
       information, and other entities whenever the effects would
cause
       a repositioning of any of the entities within the document.
For
       example, if a side note were revised by adding a small icon or
       picture to the existing information, the page being displayed
       would be reformatted and the display updated with the
appearance
       of the information in the same form it would appear if printed
       (WYSIWYG).
  2.  The system will automatically readjust the width of the
side-note
       area, within the boundaries set by the user, to accommodate
       expanded side notes (when additional text, graphics or images
       have been added) so that large areas of white space would not
       occur in the body text.
  3.  The system will automatically adjust the point size of the
       side-note text, within the limits set by the user, so that
there
       would be no large areas of white space in the body text.
  4.  The system will automatically adjust the point size of the body
       text, within the limits set by the user, so that there would
be
       no large areas of white space in the body text.
  5.  The system will automatically provide window-line control of
the
       side-note text, in a manner similar to the control of windows
and
       orphans in body text.
  6.  The system will automatically provide to the user, as an
optional
       choice, a prompt for selecting the system-calculated choice
for
       each of the items 3. and 4. above.
  7.  The system will automatically re-size graphics and images in
the
       side notes, within the percentage limits set by the user, to
       properly accommodate those entities within the side notes, so
       that there would be no large a...