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Method and System for Automatically Generating a Flow Chart Based on a Working Context

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202743D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

A method and system for automatically generating a flow chart based on a working context is disclosed.

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Method and System for Automatically Generating a Flow Chart Based on a Working Context

Disclosed is a method and system for automatically generating a flow chart based on a working context.

According to the method and system presented here, as a user types a series of steps in a technical or instructional document in an authoring environment, the authoring environment detects creation of an instruction set by parsing the text using natural language processing. When the instruction set has been detected and the user has completed entering the information, the user may direct the authoring environment to extract the instruction set and generate a flow chart. Once the flow chart has been generated, the user may choose to insert the diagram into the document before, in place of, or after the originating text.

Here, the technical document being typed by a user is scanned using a natural language processing plug-in. The natural language processing plug-in discovers any instruction set being created by the user. To identify the instructions set, relational phrases such as "first", "next", "then", "finally" are identified. Thereafter, once a section of text is identified as being an instruction set, the user is presented with a dialog to use the detected text or modify the selection. Upon confirmation of the selection by the user, the natural language processing plug-in takes the text as input and parses it into a simple published format such as JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) or XML (Extensible Markup Language) etc. After parsing the selection, a meta-document generator plug-in takes the parsed text as input and creates a meta-document based on it...