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Title: US5860073: Style sheets for publishing system
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Ferrel, Patrick J.; Seattle, WA
Gertz, Matthew W.; Redmond, WA
Meyer, Robert F.; Redmond, WA
Millet, Stephen J.; Seattle, WA
Schofield, Kevin M.; Bellevue, WA
Shewchuk, John P.; Seattle, WA
Smith, Walter W.; Seattle, WA

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
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Published / Filed: 1999-01-12 / 1995-07-17

Application Number: US1995000503452

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 17/21;
Core: more...
IPC-7: G06F 15/00;

ECLA Code: G06F17/21F8;

U.S. Class: Current: 715/255; 715/273;
Original: 707/522; 707/513; 707/516; 707/526;

Field of Search: 395/774,776-778,779,784,788 707/522,526,513,516

Priority Number:
1995-07-17  US1995000503452

Abstract: The use of style sheets in an electronic publishing system is described. A style sheet is a collection of formatting information, such as font and tabs in a textual document. The style sheets described herein are applied to individual display regions (controls) on a page. Unlike previous systems, the display regions in this system do not contain any text at the time the style sheet is applied. Rather, the text, or other media such as graphics, is poured into the display region when the title is rendered on the customer's computer.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Banner & Witcoff Ltd. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Burwell, Joseph R.;

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Family: None

First Claim:
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We claim:     1. A method of styling document content, comprising the steps of:
  • creating a title including page layouts representing the appearance of pages of the title;
  • creating a first style sheet container storing a first plurality of styles;
  • creating a second style sheet container storing a second plurality of styles;
  • creating at least one content container for storing document content;
  • providing a first control on a first one of the page layouts for delineating a first page layout area where content is to be rendered;
  • providing a second control on a second one of the page layouts for delineating a second page layout area where content is to be rendered;
  • linking the content container with the first and second controls;
  • linking the first control to the first style sheet container;
  • linking the second control to the second style sheet container;
  • rendering content in the first page layout area according to at least one of the first plurality of styles; and
  • rendering content in the second page area according to at least one of the second plurality of styles.

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Foreign References: None

Other References:
  • Lie, "Cascading HTML style sheets--a proposal",, 10 Oct., 1994.
  • Gifford, "Polychannel systems for mass digital communication", Comm. of ACM, v.33, n. 2, p. 141(11), Feb. 1990.
  • Jackson, "The Published Word", PC User, n. 137, p. 32(4), Jul. 18, 1990.
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  • Huser et al., "The Individualized Electronic Newspaper: An Application Challenging Hypertext Technology", GMD Report No. GMD-664, Jul. 1992.
  • Sterahn et al., "Positioning HTML Elements with Cascading Style Sheets",, Jan. 31, 1997.
  • Lie et al., "Cascading Style Sheets, level 1",, Dec. 17, 1996.
  • Hughes, "Thinking about style sheets",, May 2, 1995.
  • Duncan, Rey, "Power Programming: An HTML Primer, " PC Magazine, Jun. 13, 1995, pp. 261-270.
  • Microsoft ®Word, "About Styles" Chp. 9, pp. 178-183 and Document Templates Chp. 10, pp. 205-224, User's Guide, 1993-1994, Microsoft Corporation.

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