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Enhanced Web-Based Document Switching

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000210097D
Publication Date: 2011-Aug-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 78K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system which extends the collaborative editing interface allowing users to quickly switch between documents without needing to identify where and in which tab the documents are located.

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Enhanced Web-Based Document Switching

When editing documents with web-based editors, a user finds the standard mode of switching between documents confusing and inefficient. Instances of editing may span many windows, tabs, and browser instances. This is not an ideal user experience.

An example scenario of the problem follows: (Figure 1)

1. In Browser A, Paul opens "test spreadsheet.ods", a spreadsheet and "Paul", a document.


2. In Browser B, Paul opens "Fall.ods", a spreadsheet


3. Paul begins editing in Browser B


4. Paul switches to the first browser, and then switches back

5. This leads to confusion. Where is my document? On which application or tab is the document?

Figure 1: Many applications with many tabs are open currently editing the content

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In Prior Art, current solutions which address switching tabs require executing an interruptive process. Other solutions require a user to coordinate and switch between tabs in order to find the document they are working on. [1]

The disclosed invention extends the collaborative editing interface allowing users to quickly switch between documents without needing to identify where and in which tab the documents are located.

In a preferred embodiment, the user interacts with the invention as follows:


1. In Browser A, Paul opens "Fall.ods", a spreadsheet


2. In Browser B, Paul opens "test spreadsheet.ods", a spreadsheet and "Paul", a

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document


3. Paul begins editing in Browser B: "Paul", a document


4. Paul clicks on the thumbnail for "Fall.ods" (Figure 2)


5. Fall.ods is now in focus

Figure 2: User sees the document thumbnails in the bottom right of the screen

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The process for using the invention is:

1. As users load the document, the system generates the corresponding document thumbnail


2. The system renders the view of the document (e.g., thumbnail)


A. The system generates a scalable image (e.g., PNG, EMF, WMF, SVG)


B. On document update, the system refreshes the thumbnail


C. The view of the document is the visible component on the client


D. The system scales the image before delivering to the client


3. The system pushes the thumbnail and document metadata into a storage map

4. The system detects the client supports the lan...