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Method to link document segments from a word processing program to increase commonality between the two documents.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198678D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-11
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

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Abstract

Within openoffice and word one must remember to update multiple documents with similar information separately. When an author changes a Design document they must then manually open related documents such as a Functional Requirement Specification and find the appropriate part of the secondary document to change.

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Method to link document segments from a word processing program to increase commonality between the two documents.

The proposed idea allows two documents to be linked in a way that allows the word processing program to easily orchestrate merging the change from one segment of a first linked document to a second segment of a second linked document.

When a portion of a first document is copied and pasted to a second document this action should automatically link the two segments. When the user performs a "Save As" to create a new copy of a file, a new option could be created "Save As linked document" which would link the entire document text. There would also have to be an option to "copy link location" and "paste link location" that would allow the user to link to segments of two documents manually.

After the segments of the files are linked when the user does a find and change to change a word or phrase the find and change can be done on multiple documents - only those segments that have been linked in the second document. Or after the document is changed under an edit task, the result of the changes would cause a warning from the word editor program: "Merge into linked docs" , which would merge changes to the highlighted segment from this document to the linked document segments

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