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Method for automatically capturing notes and summary when the user reads a long document Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202075D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 30K

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Disclosed is a novel tool for automatically capturing user annotations, summaries, and metadata from a long electronic document as the user reads. The tool creates and saves a separate document which the user can later open to view only the information most important to them.

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Method for automatically capturing notes and summary when the user reads a long document

When users read long electronic documents, they often write notes regarding important information and/or highlight pertinent text; however, they face the following challenges:
• In the case of long documents, it is difficult to remember all important segments
• The user has to search for significant information when they return to the document; this is time-intensive

• The user may want to print only specific selections of the document, and there is not a fast, easy way to select and print multiple portions.

A method is needed to assist a reader in capturing notes and key information when reading a long electronic document.

Following are descriptions of tools that provide saving annotation capabilities compared to the invention presented in this disclosure:
• Offers the user the ability to choose how annotations in portable document format (PDF) files are handled (apply them to the image, ignore, save as embedded images, or save as separate annotation files) [1]

The disclosed invention allows the user to:

o Save the metadata information of the annotation into a separate file in

order to save disk space.

o Store the annotations together with the document summaries.
o Store the annotations together with the metadata of document summaries.

• Allows the user to save the annotation into a metadata file using extensible markup language (XML) format, but it does not indicate the user has the capability to open the metadata file along with the original document by combing the annotation information with the original document.

The disclosed invention allows the user to open the annotation metadata file, which actually opens the original long document along with the saved embedded annotations in it already. The process of merging the information happens seamlessly to the user.

In addition, the disclosed invention not only saves the annotation information, but also saves metadata information such as user interaction with the document.

The disclosed invention is a tool which allows the automatic creation of a summarized document while the user is reading a long document. The invention also allows the user to open the original document in different ways based on the captured summary and annotation information. This tool can effectively save the user's time and resources by automatically capturing portions of the document being read into a new document based on the user's interaction with the user interface (UI). The tool saves the metadata information in terms of user interaction with the document into a separate file. The user is given different options to open the original file in different format based on the saved metadata information later on. This tool can be installed on top of any


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software that displays text (e.g., web browsers or text editors).

Following are the steps for implementing this invention:
1. The user opens a docum...