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Method to determine readability health of electronic devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241134D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-30
Document File: 7 page(s) / 264K

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Abstract

At some point in time document types will no longer be readable in future. This document describes a method to check its readability health on electronic device level (e.g. ThinkPad, iPad, etc.). The user will get as result a readability health analysis, showing how many files on his/her electronic device are in danger for readability and where readability already got lost. In addition the user gets help on endangered file types how to get back to readability again.

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Method to determine readability health of electronic devices

At some point in time document types will no longer be readable in future. This document describes a method to check its readability health on electronic device level (e.g. ThinkPad, iPad, etc.). The user will get as result a readability health analysis, showing how many files on his/her electronic device are in danger for readability and

where readability already got lost. In addition, the user gets help on endangered file types how to get back to readability again.

By 'electronic device' primarily electronic devices for individual personal use are meant, including e.g. handheld electronic devices. This can be (but not limited to): PCs, Thinkpads, tablets (like iPad, etc.), SmartPhones, connected watches and other

wearable computings. Documents are increasingly stored in electronic formats only. With the evolution of software products the likelihood of inability to read old documents increases. Most times this inability hits users without actively thinking about it.

Despite there are methods defined to manage readability health in entities (see US 2014/0317610 A1), there's also a need to have this on electronic device level.

Such method could become basic functionality of every operating system; mostly targeted on operating systems for smaller, mobile, or even handheld electronic devices.

Although possible, e.g. on mainframes, on those machines it'll be likely most suitable to take advantage of larger scale readability health management system (US 2014/0317610 A1).

A system being able to conduct file type readability health management with the following methods is proposed:

Method to determine readability health on electronic device level;

Integration of supporting information for non-readable files;

Method to populate Readability Management Database (RMD).

A point-based system for readability health is being introduced. Each file type can gain or lose points on up to three decision criteria: Is a mapping from file type to one or more known software product from trusted sources available?
(if now mapping is known: is a file converter to a readable file format known?)

Are matches defined on local operating system level (e.g. HKEY_CL...