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Document Environments As Resources

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036137D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barker, BA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Document environment specifications contain elements such as page model definitions for formatted pages, attributes of object areas, font references, logical document references, and the like. By allowing these environment characteristics to exist as resources, it is possible to share these specifications both within a document and across different documents. Thus, a composition document may reference and activate its environment by simply requesting it by name. This reduces data transmission time for documents, eliminates redundant environment definitions within documents, and centralizes these definitions for ease in modification.

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Document Environments As Resources

Document environment specifications contain elements such as page model definitions for formatted pages, attributes of object areas, font references, logical document references, and the like. By allowing these environment characteristics to exist as resources, it is possible to share these specifications both within a document and across different documents. Thus, a composition document may reference and activate its environment by simply requesting it by name. This reduces data transmission time for documents, eliminates redundant environment definitions within documents, and centralizes these definitions for ease in modification.

There are three types of document environments, each of which is delimited by a unique Begin/End identifier in the data stream. These are Document State Environment, Page State Environment, a subset of document state environment, and Data Object State Environment, a subset of page state environment.

Each type of environment specification can occur one or more times in a resource group with no ambiguity as to its specific capability. As a result, a data stream can consist of only resource groups which contain environment specifications used in revision and/or presentation document composition. The processing of such a document would result in storing these environment resources in a library for later use. Subsequently, a composition data stream document is received by an application that possesses lib...