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Page Frame Feature for Printing Electronic Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123806D
Original Publication Date: 1999-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 5 page(s) / 130K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Landry, JM: AUTHOR

Abstract

Introduction Disclosed is a feature that improves print capabilities in electronic document applications, such as web browsers and e-mail applications. Often a user wishes to print an electronic document, but the resulting printout can look much different from the image on the personal computer screen. Without the additional work of "Cut and Paste", the user typically has no control over which sections of the document are printed; the user only has control over the page setup (size, margins, landscape vs. portrait, etc.) and whether all of the document or certain pages are printed. Since e-mail and web page documents are usually a mixture of text and graphics that are dynamically formatted to fit the screen, they often do not provide desirable pagination when printed.

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Page Frame Feature for Printing Electronic Documents

   Introduction

   Disclosed is a feature that improves print capabilities
in electronic document applications, such as web browsers and e-mail
applications.  Often a user wishes to print an electronic document,
but the resulting printout can look much different from the image on
the personal computer screen.  Without the additional work of "Cut
and Paste", the user typically has no control over which sections of
the document are printed; the user only has control over the page
setup (size, margins, landscape vs. portrait, etc.) and whether all
of the document or certain pages are printed.  Since e-mail and web
page documents are usually a mixture of text and graphics that are
dynamically formatted to fit the screen, they often do not provide
desirable pagination when printed.

   Although features like Print Preview and showing page
breaks may give a preliminary indication of a resulting printout,
the user may be forced to print two pages when only one page of
information is really needed.  Furthermore, relevant information may
be split between two pages instead of being concentrated on one page.
It would be beneficial for the user to be able to adjust the
pagination of an electronic document in order to concentrate related
information on a single page.

   This article describes a Page Frame feature for electronic
document applications that provides a means for a user to adjust the
pagination of an electronic document using a graphical user
interface.  The Page Frame feature described below provides the
following unique benefits:
  o  A user may easily obtain printouts of electronic documents
     that concentrate relevant information on certain pages
     rather than having the information split up among different
     pages.
  o  A user may easily obtain printouts of electronic documents
     that reduce unwanted information such as web page
     advertising banners, copyright messages, and disclaimers;
     and e-mail headers, addressee lists, and epilogues.
  o  A user will reduce wasted paper by printing fewer pages on
     many electronic document printouts.
  o  A user will extend the life of his or her printer and ink
     cartridges by regularly printing fewer pages and using
     less ink.

   Standard Electronic Document Pagination

   This feature may be best described by considering the
example of a web page format shown in Figure 1:

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   This web page example shows the following sections:
  o  Header: Often contains the na...