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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000184312D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jun-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is software to assist an operator in navigating a document. A typical document viewer will report how many pages the document contains. The pages reported reflects the total number of pages in the document, not the page numbers often listed at the bottom of each page in the document itself. If there are page numbers or identifiers in the document itself, the disclosed software will enable the operator to navigate the document via those numbers or identifiers.

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Navigation by Page Number and Page Identifier

Disclosed is software to assist an operator in navigating a document. A typical document viewer will report how many pages the document contains. The pages reported reflects the total number of pages in the document, not the page numbers often listed at the bottom of each page in the document itself. If there are page numbers or identifiers in the document itself, the disclosed software will enable the operator to navigate the document via those numbers or identifiers.

A document could first have a dedication page, then a title page, then a table of contents page, then a page numbered "1". To a typical document viewer, the dedication page is page 1, the title page is page 2, the table of contents page is page 3, and the page numbered "1" is page 4. This page number mismatch can cause confusion amongst readers. If a reader is instructed verbally or directed via document text to go to page 212, using the document viewer controls may result in the reader going to the wrong page.

The disclosed software solution will scan the document itself using known optical character recognition techniques looking for page numbers and page identifiers. For example, page numbers are "1", "2", "3", etc. Page identifiers are "i", "ii", "iii", "Appendix A", "Appendix B", etc.

Example Implementation:

1) Document is opened and scanned.
2) Reader types "18" and presses

. Document advances to the page with "18" at the bottom center in...