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Method to Manage Presentation Content Consistency Changes Across Multiple Instances and Users

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000223051D
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method applied to presentation development that allows a user to uniquely identify content in a presentation and automatically or manually propagate changes to that content across a defined set of presentations.

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Method to Manage Presentation Content Consistency Changes Across Multiple Instances and Users

Presentation software allows users to create content and save it to uniquely named files for later use. In many instances, material is reused from file to file and it is desirable to ensure consistency of this material. An example of this may be a feature list for a product, which could be included in a client presentation, an internal portfolio presentation, and customized client presentation. The typical method of managing this today is to make the change in one place and then copy and paste the changes in all other locations where the content exists. This can lead to inconsistencies unless the author is very diligent and can maintain control over all versions of material.

The proposed solution allows a user to uniquely identify content in a presentation and automatically or manually propagate changes to that content across a defined set of presentations.

Content Identification

Content can be defined as:


• A single slide


• A contiguous group of slides


• An object (e.g., picture, file, or other embedded object)

Content can then be identified with a unique identifier such as a name, address, or alias. This identifier only needs to be unique to the scope of managed changes. For a single user on a PC or dedicated file system it only needs to be unique to that user. If the content is managed globally, then the user needs to make sure it is globally unique throughout the addressable space. Internally, a Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) or other unique identifier can be used to identify the content; the visible name can use Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), IP addresses, or other qualifiers to make sure that it is globally addressable. The content must be tagged in documents where it resides to support updating.

The author or content manager can select the managed content and then provide an identifier for it.

Managed Content...