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Hyperlink Generation Based on Unstructured Contents of a Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236947D
Publication Date: 2014-May-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method of identifying references to internal content throughout a document and automatically suggesting the linkage of said references to one or more relevant sections based on confidence.

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Hyperlink Generation Based on Unstructured Contents of a Document

Articles are written to convey systematic instructions or enlighten readers on a

subject matter. Articles are often structured such that content flows from an

introduction to a set of sections to a conclusion. Readers have limited time and are often only interested in a specific section of the article. If the reader is unfamiliar

with the article, it may be difficult to find the desired section.

Prior art exists to find key topics throughout a document and generate a summary page that links to these topics. However, none of the identified prior art allows a real-time introspective search of a document while it is being written for referenced sections throughout the document.

Disclosed is a method of identifying references to internal content throughout a document and automatically suggesting the linkage of said references to one or more relevant sections based on confidence. The method can:

• Detect a natural language reference to another section in a document • Identify, in real time, content in one section that is similar to content in another section and automatically generate a "See also" type of hyperlink
• Detect a reference to a section within a document that does not yet exist and offer to create a placeholder

A key differentiator from the prior art is that the novel method is intended for the

end-user during the document creation step; it is a helpful feature within the word editor for the author while writing a document.

In the preferred embodiment, a user writes an article with an introduction, body, conclusions, etc. in a word editor. As the article is written, the user may reference previous or future content in the article. When such references are made, the word editor offers to link the references to the relevant sections throughout the article. As

a result, the writer does not need to manually create the link, and the reader is able to navigate the article more effectively and without dependence on a table of contents.

Alternatively, if the author of a document references a section of the document that is not yet created, the system may offer to create a "placeholder" for the unwritten section.

In another embodiment, the system may not require explicitly stated "references" throughout the text. Rather, for each section of the article, the...