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Method to record the reading history of the electronic document’s content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237978D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-24
Document File: 8 page(s) / 112K

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Abstract

The Core idea of this disclosure is to facilitate electronic document reader easily to point out the parts of a document that the reader has previously read. Which helps reader save some time going through the document and trying to memorize which page and paragraph reader has lastly read. Also with a feature of marking the document background in different colour by the length of time spend on certain area of a page, which further helps reader to have a clear picture of their reading progress, especially when reading technical document or educational documents.

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Method to record the reading history of the electronic document's content

Electronic documents are experiencing a very rapid growth and market penetration. Users may benefit from new kinds of information that are provided dynamically to owners of electronic devices or electronic files in many aspects of society, including work and education.

The reason why the electronic document is widely accepted is that there are many advantages of it. In the space that a comparably sized print document takes up, an e-reader can potentially contain thousands of electronic documents, limited only by its memory capacity. Moreover, a great share of e-books are available online for free, the minimal costs of the electronics required.

Although, there are many advantages for the electronic documents, it may also bring inconvenience for the reader. Currently, many documents are very long, it will be very difficult for the reader to remember which sections of a document have been read, and how much time they have spent to read them. Reader may waste time to read them for multiple times if there is no mechanism to distinguish the read and unread sections.

The present invention provides a method for the document viewer to automatically mark the sections of the document having been read and present how much time having been spent to read them. The background color of the sections having been read are changed according to the reading history from a history log file, and variations in the color can indicate the length of the reading time. As the background color is different, the reader can easily skip the contents having been read and focus on the unread parts.

As the backgroud color is obvious to the reader, it can be used to mark the sections of the document having been read and present how much time having been spent to read them. The background color of the sections having beenread are changed according to the length of the reading time.

Originally, the background color the document is white, the white color indicates the document has not been read. After the reader opens the document, and reads some sections, the backgound color of these sections changes to another color. As the reading time of these sections fly, the color become more dark. The variations in the color indicates the length of the reading time.

The following are some methods to record reading history more accurate:
1. The history records should not be generated if the reading time is less than 5 seconds, as some readers may scroll down/up to one page, and many pages are flicked through without reading them.

2. In order to indicate different length of reading time. The background color of the sections that have been read

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are changed from different length...