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Forms Typewriter and Image-Assist Composition

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037105D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Campbell, AS: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Using a typewriter to place X's in the correct boxes and certain required data in the correct spaces on a form is a challenging job on the basic typewriter. The form must be correctly aligned, and the data must fit the allocated space. It becomes even a bigger challenge on a word processor. Further, addressing envelopes, typing labels, and typing on 3 X 5 note cards or other non-standard size documents is not user friendly on a CRT-based word processor system as the relationship between the screen and printer is not always obvious. This invention solves these problems in a straightforward, user-friendly way.

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Forms Typewriter and Image-Assist Composition

Using a typewriter to place X's in the correct boxes and certain required data in the correct spaces on a form is a challenging job on the basic typewriter. The form must be correctly aligned, and the data must fit the allocated space. It becomes even a bigger challenge on a word processor. Further, addressing envelopes, typing labels, and typing on 3 X 5 note cards or other non-standard size documents is not user friendly on a CRT-based word processor system as the relationship between the screen and printer is not always obvious. This invention solves these problems in a straightforward, user-friendly way.

One embodiment of the device is shown in perspective in Fig. 1 and in section in Fig. 2 for use in connection with a personal computer and associated printer. The device includes a support frame 10 which has a transparent Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel 12 hingedly mounted thereon to define a slot 14 between the frame 10 and display panel 12. (Other technologies which form a transparent panel, such as gas panel technology could be used.) A replica of a form 16 which is to be filled out is placed into the slot 14. The form has various boxes and blanks for the receipt of information, as shown. In this configuration the display would snap open and the form would be placed inside and located relative to a set of top and left marks (not shown). The marks provide known references needed for the cursor location.

The device has a cable connector 18 connected to the microprocessor and electronics of a personal computer (not shown). A cursor 20 is displayed on the LCD panel 12 and is moved by the use of the keyboard of the personal computer. When the cursor is in the desired position, the required information can be typed, and will be displayed on the panel 12, which, being transparent, will show the position of the information with respect to the document 16. Fluorescent lamps 22 are mounted on the frame 10 to provide front illumination of the form.

After all entries have been made and checked, the printer is actuated, and a form of the same format as form 16 is fed through the printer to print the information...