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Technique to incrementally complete and / or reject completed forms using Optical Scanning and registration marks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030632D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

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IBM

Abstract

Technique to incrementally complete and / or reject completed forms using Optical Scanning and registration marks

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Technique to incrementally complete and / or reject completed forms using Optical Scanning and registration marks

     In retail environments, it is common practice to complete some forms incrementally using the POS terminal to record certain events, such as voids or customer refunds for later audit. When handling such forms, the operator must position the form at the next available print location, and then use an input device (printer keys in some implementations or terminal keyboard) to initiate the printing at the next available position on the form.

     The drawbacks of this method are quality of the completed form (the form is often not positioned well causing inconsistent output and because of this, fields may be overwritten or ill aligned) and physical space must usually be allocated for a side insertion of the form in the printer (increased footprint).

     The solution to the problem is to use optical scanning to identify registration marks for field placement, and then interrogating the field itself to determine if the field has already been used. If the field has been used, the printer should advance to the next registration mark of this type and interrogate the associated output field. The process continues until either an available field is found, or the form is determined to be "full". Note that multiple output fields may be completed (using the example above; void amount, void description) and that either multiple fields may be interrogated and/or completed duri...