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Technique for Displaying the Hierarchical Structure of a Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040505D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Chamberlin, DD [+details]

Abstract

A method is described for displaying the hierarchical structure of a document, comprising the following steps: (a) connecting document contents that are within the scope of a descriptive label (tag) by a vertical line extending from the tag, (b) identifying positions on the vertical line wherein inputs to the document might occur, (c) identifying the current input position, and (d) identifying areas marked by a user for editing operations. The figure illustrates a tag display according to the method described. Each tag that applies to the current page of the text is shown with its level of nesting indicated by a corresponding indentation. Ancestors of tags on the current page are also shown.