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Side Notes with Variable Width

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114962D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Douglas, G: AUTHOR

Abstract

The concept of a side note, information to the right or the left 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 in addition to be printed, there is need to provide an additional capability of making the width of the side notes variable. When an object is to be included in a side note where the object needs to be of a larger size for better viewing and/or printing, the width of the side note for that object needs to be made wider. This requires that the side note information carry with it the formatting that would also specify the width of the side note for that object. This object width would override the document side note width for the extent of the object for which it is defined.

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Side Notes with Variable Width

      The concept of a side note, information to the right or the
left 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 in addition to be printed,
there is need to provide an additional capability of making the width
of the side notes variable.  When an object is to be included in a
side note where the object needs to be of a larger size for better
viewing and/or printing, the width of the side note for that object
needs to be made wider.  This requires that the side note information
carry with it the formatting that would also specify the width of the
side note for that object.  This object width would override the
document side note width for the extent of the object for which it is
defined.

      The Figure illustrates a page of a document where the side note
requiring the variable width is an object containing a full-motion
video presentation.  When printed, the page would have the frame of
the video selected by the user printed in the expanded area.  The
variable width for side-note objects works equally as well for pages
with right-hand notes, and with objects that have been rotated in
their respected side note areas.  The object-width definition is
associated with the side note object and is relocated on the page as
necessary as revisions to the document cause the object to be
relocated on the page in th...