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Method of printing hypertext value of digital links, tab, menu, cross references on hard print document Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241517D
Publication Date: 2015-May-08
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The information design is changing rapidly based on the requirement, patterns and format changes. The digital document page design is changing fast innovatively. The printing technique should follow the way to provide easy navigation on hard printing for readers. When a digital document gets printed out it does not serve what the softcopy does. The hardcoded hypertexts are become useless on the printed copy. It needs a solution for value addition. In a web page or multipage soft content of a word processor document has cross references, menu tabs, page-jump, internal cross links or table of content link to corresponding topics or heading inside a document. When the document is viewed on a computer, the internal page-jump or hyperlinks or hotspots work fine with clicks. But that is not useful when it is a hard printed document.

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Method of printing hypertext value of digital links , tab, menu, cross references on hard print document

In current digital world, huge numbers of digital documents are floating via various media. With design changes, the practices of putting menus buttons/tabs, links and cross references are limitless now in the documents. Hence, the digital documents (soft copies) have lots of such internal reference links inside the documents. Sometime somewhere the documents are required in printable form urgently, then the easy navigations become difficult or useless on the hard copies.

Cross references keep the content in a flow inside the document for reader. Example, in a word processor or html page, there are many links, menu buttons, tabs, table of contents, bookmarks, etc. that work like internal references. They work like navigators when reader clicks on them. The same tabs, contents and menu links cannot refer the section or page number when the document is printed out.

The references can be marked with page numbers as field and that gets printed on the paper print. But the inserting number field is a manual job every time and update before printed. In a soft copy of a document the physical number is not given or required, rather just hyperlink or adding a hotspot. This a common practice.


To a built a system that can convert the hypertext value of reference links to a page or section number when the soft copy is printed out. When we have internal links it refers a page or section to target. The page number is the unique location to be referred on the hard copy.

The printer would identify those reference texts and print on the hard copy with lighter fonts with auto adjustment near to the linked words or in a separate place like footnote area.

The proposal is to have an optional feature for a printing tool to apply where it is required....