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Personal Computer Form Writer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034431D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Grossman, B: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This invention pertains to a system that can be used for completing preprinted forms using a personal computer. Disclosed is a system which enables a personal computer user to fill in the information on a preprinted form using a personal computer. The following equipment is required: a personal computer, a low resolution optical scanner, a graphics display and a printer (for example, the IBM PS/2, the CalComp Scanning Digitizer, IBM Graphics Display for the PS/2 and the Epson printer, respectively). The user has a form such as an order form with several blank areas that are to be filled in. First, the form is read by the scanning digitizer. Next, the digitized data is stored in the personal computer's memory. An image of the form is then displayed on a graphics display.

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Personal Computer Form Writer

This invention pertains to a system that can be used for completing preprinted forms using a personal computer. Disclosed is a system which enables a personal computer user to fill in the information on a preprinted form using a personal computer. The following equipment is required: a personal computer, a low resolution optical scanner, a graphics display and a printer (for example, the IBM PS/2, the CalComp Scanning Digitizer, IBM Graphics Display for the PS/2 and the Epson printer, respectively). The user has a form such as an order form with several blank areas that are to be filled in. First, the form is read by the scanning digitizer.

Next, the digitized data is stored in the personal computer's memory.

An image of the form is then displayed on a graphics display. The user enters the information that the form requests through his personal computer keyboard, using cursor keys or a mouse to get to the proper fields. The system keeps track of positional information.

Once all the information is entered, the printer then prints this information in the appropriate fields of the form. Note that the digitized image is only an intermediate step, in order to obtain positional information for the output characters. The digitized image therefore need only be low resolution and discarded once the form is printed. Alternatively, the digitized image can be stored, and compressed if needed, for rapid retrieval. The system described herein woul...