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A system to author and generate a document from a template with optional sections Disclosure Number: IPCOM000228616D
Publication Date: 2013-Jun-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 51K

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Disclosed is a system to clearly communicate to a user that is working within a template which sections are optional. The system also automatically removes sections containing no content from the final version of the document and accordingly adjusts related wording or references to the omitted sections.

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A system to author and generate a document from a template with optional sections

Many documents have a common structure. Authors of such documents benefit from

using a template that provides a structure with sections into which the author places the content. Templates, however, can be rigid. The author cannot always remove optional sections that contain no content; thus, these blank sections included in the final document. The author might have to write in a required section for which the content is not available. This distracts the readers from the author's communication because the reader asks about the section or requests the content be provided in the future.

The disclosed invention addresses two problems that occur when an author creates a document with a template containing optional sections. The invented system communicates to the author which sections are optional. The final generation of the document omits any empty optional sections while ensuring that the remainder of the document is consistent.

There is current technology in slide presentation software, for using templates, but this is not a close match to what the invented document authoring techniques provide.

The invention is in the domain of generating documents formatted in Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) where the sections of the document could be individual

DITA topics. In this invention, the document is generated in both draft mode and final mode. Draft mode includes all sections, including optional sections without content. The system visually highlights these sections and includes brief instructions to help the author identify the appropriate content to add. The mandatory and optional sections appear differently so that authors can prioritize their efforts on the mandatory sections. In the final mode, the optional sections without content are omitted. However, it is more sophisticated than simply omitting the section, numbering the sections, and updating the table of contents. In addition, references in other sections to the empty optional section are removed. If the section contains canned text (i.e., text standard in the template) that references the optional sections, then the system automatically rewords that text so that it makes sense when th...