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Automatic Selection of a Transformation Graph Based on User Criteria

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122175D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In the office environment, there can be a multitude of document content types created by different editors. The term document is used to describe any distinct object (e.g., MO:DCA, ODA, G3FAX, voice, image, user-defined, etc.). This article describes a mechanism whereby the transforms between different document contents can be shown graphically based on a user's criteria. When there are a large number of transforms the user may want to select only certain object formats to graph. This allows the user to have a selected view of only the objects that are of interest to the user.

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Automatic Selection of a Transformation Graph Based on User Criteria

      In the office environment, there can be a multitude of
document content types created by different editors.  The term
document is used to describe any distinct object (e.g., MO:DCA, ODA,
G3FAX, voice, image, user-defined, etc.).  This article describes a
mechanism whereby the transforms between different document contents
can be shown graphically based on a user's criteria.  When there are
a large number of transforms the user may want to select only certain
object formats to graph.  This allows the user to have a selected
view of only the objects that are of interest to the user.

      There are a number of graphs the user may be interested in
seeing where the objects to be displayed are not readily evident.
For example, the user may be interested in viewing:
1.   The shortest path to transform one object into another object.
2.   The path to transform from one object into another that requires
the minimum number of intermediate transforms.
3.   All the transform paths between two or more objects.
4.   Displaying the node(s) that has the most number of
transformations in and out of it.
5.   Displaying isolated transformations.

      All of the available transform objects will be presented to the
user.  The user may then select the partial graphs based on the
criteria of his need.  A question and answer session will be
presented allowing the users to make the selections...