Method of producing revision bars in books produced from HTML source
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Disclosed is a method for producing revision bars in published books that are authored in HTML. In technical manuals it is important to indicate new and changed material. Such material is typically denoted with a vertical bar in the left margin next to each new and changed line. Most general markup languages have a facility for identifying revised material; however, there is no native tagging in HTML for doing so. This method is a general solution to the problem of producing revision bars to denote changed text in books produced from HTML source, and includes the ability to process multiple levels of revisions. The method uses an idiosyncratic tagging combination that is recognized by HTML2IDD (IBM Japan's tool for converting HTML to IBMIDDoc format). HTML2IDD converts the tagging to SGML revision markup so as to be handled appropriately by Xyvision transform to PostScript. The tagging has these properties: o It can be used legally in HTML, including at a granularity finer than a paragraph and within examples. o It is recognized and transformed by HTML2IDD.