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Technique for Generating an Index for an Online Help Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034486D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Hellie, DM Reed, MA Sladowski, R [+details]

Abstract

This technique improves IBM's DisplayWrite/36 (DW/36) program in allowing a user to build his online help document by providing the ability to let the user choose whether an index entry will be suffixed with page number references or outline heading section number references and the ability to automatically generate Help instructions at the beginning of the index and at the beginning of each section within the index. IBM's DW/36 program provides users the ability to generate their own online help documents. This is accomplished by first creating a document which contains all the help text. Afterwards, the user inserts help tags throughout this document to denote places to be browsed when the READINFO procedure is used. Help documents can be very large, sometimes large enough to need an index for referencing major topics.