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Document scanning component for portal systems and web applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000188279D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Sep-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Sep-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 97K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a component for scanning documents via web that can be easily integrated into an Enterprise Portal System framework in such a manner that it can be generically utilized by portal content developers, administrators as well as portal site and application users for scanning and uploading supporting documents.

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Document scanning component for portal systems and web applications

Disclosed is a component for scanning documents via the Web that can be easily integrated into an Enterprise Portal System framework. The component is capable of being generically utilized by portal content developers, and administrators as well as portal site and application users for scanning and uploading support documents.

Enterprise Java™ portal systems provide a solution for web content publication and management including a single access point to the web content and applications integrated as portlets, personalized to the needs of individual users. Portal developers utilize photos and printed matter from documents, books or magazines to develop portal content. Portal sites and applications typically include online application forms soliciting services, to be completed by users. The online forms require support documents to be completed during processing. However existing portal systems do not include a built-in solution for scanning documents, therefore portal content development, requires stand alone applications for scanning. Online application forms requiring supporting documents; typically require photocopies to be physically submitted. The disclosed capability reduces processing time of online applications dramatically, saving paper and printing, and enables portal content development, administration and online submission of supporting documents for portal users soliciting services via an online application process, from within the portal system itself. The disclosed capability further avoids printing and delivering supporting documents physically.

A typical solution could use stand alone scanning software installed on the end users computer to scan the documents and upload or publish the documents from within the portal system. Users with low speed internet connections or low bandwidth networks often find it difficult to upload large files especially images, created by the stand alone scanning software installed on the end users computers. The proposed built-in document scanning functionality for portal systems avoids the inconvenience of utilizing stand alone scanning software installed on an end user's computer.

The built-in scanning solution confines an end user to scan documents with a preconfigured resolution and to save in predefined light weight formats including

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                                       or gif to create legible, small sized document files which can be uploaded easily optimizing network bandwidth, and improving network latency. A scanning component is made accessible via a web browser and communicates with a scanner of a predefined make or model attached to the end user's computer. Users scan multiple documents which are displayed within display...