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Old 02-28-2012, 04:32 AM   #1
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Currently, we are examining the validity of a patent on a Desktop Publishing Software. The patent refers to a computer program for changing the dimensions of a layout comprising multiple objects. A change of the dimensions of the layout results in an automatic adjustment of the size, appearance and placing of the different objects.

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Old 02-28-2012, 04:51 AM   #2
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Bad link.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:03 AM   #3
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Bad link.
Thanks for letting me know!

let me post the correct link again:

http://bluepatent.com/blueprint/007-...ocument-layout

Otherwise, please find the case on our homepage www.bluepatent.com, under "search requests"
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:47 AM   #4
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That seems pretty obvious to me - should it even be patentable at all?

   
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:28 AM   #5
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I hate to tell you, but Adobe has a similar feature in InDesign, where a page can be modified when the dimensions of the page change. Not exactly the same, but definitely the same concept.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:16 PM   #6
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And for a web page, a few lines of CSS for a fluid or elastic layout can do the same thing.

   
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The Opera Browser does that automatically.

   
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The Opera Browser does that automatically.
All current browsers do that 'automatically' - but only if told to do so by the web page's stylesheet. And if told explicitly to not do that, Opera won't either.

The stylesheet tells the browser what should happen; browsers 'know' how to do that and implement that in their own algorithms. But since this is part of the CSS standard, the browser implementations have existed for a long time.

   
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The key part for BluePatent's purposes would be tracking down dated documentation of the feature.

   
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I understand that - but for something 'obvious' that would be hard to find: why would anyone document something obvious?

One place to look might be the drafts and meeting notes of the CSS working group at the W3C. I'm betting all major browser makers had 'floating' algoriths implemented well before 2003.

   
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