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Method for Producing a Single DOCUMENT As a Composite of Multiple Sub-Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036147D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barker, BA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The definition of a data stream construct that references independent sub-documents for inclusion into a "composite document" is defined such that the INCLUDING shell document specifies the name of the INCLUDED document, an indication that its current document state environment and resources are to be "carried over" to the referenced document, and an indication of whether specified current document state environment, resources and state variables from the INCLUDED document (e.g., page numbers, chapter numbers, etc.) are to be "carried back" to the INCLUDING document. This INCLUDE DOCUMENT capability can be nested such that an INCLUDED document may also specify an INCLUDE document request. There is thus no limit to the degree of INCLUDED document nesting.

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Method for Producing a Single DOCUMENT As a Composite of Multiple Sub-Documents

The definition of a data stream construct that references independent sub- documents for inclusion into a "composite document" is defined such that the INCLUDING shell document specifies the name of the INCLUDED document, an indication that its current document state environment and resources are to be "carried over" to the referenced document, and an indication of whether specified current document state environment, resources and state variables from the INCLUDED document (e.g., page numbers, chapter numbers, etc.) are to be "carried back" to the INCLUDING document. This INCLUDE DOCUMENT capability can be nested such that an INCLUDED document may also specify an INCLUDE document request. There is thus no limit to the degree of INCLUDED document nesting.

The advantages of the invention are as follows:
1. A single document can be composed from multiple

sub-documents resulting in one document conforming to

one logical structure, and one presentation style; and
2. Resources present in multiple sub-documents can be

"shared" among other sub-documents by proper INCLUDE

DOCUMENT parameter specification within a controlling

parent shell document.

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