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Overriding Formatting and Presentation Attributes of Data Objects in a Non-Tagged Document Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037648D
Original Publication Date: 1989-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barker, BA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The definition of an environment formatting hierarchy eliminates respecification of common formatting attributes for data objects existing at subsequent (lower) hierarchy levels in an interchange document. Also, if unique formatting requirements exist for selected data objects, then only those unique formatting attributes to be associated with particular data objects need be specified.

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Overriding Formatting and Presentation Attributes of Data Objects in a Non-Tagged Document Environment

The definition of an environment formatting hierarchy eliminates respecification of common formatting attributes for data objects existing at subsequent (lower) hierarchy levels in an interchange document. Also, if unique formatting requirements exist for selected data objects, then only those unique formatting attributes to be associated with particular data objects need be specified.

In a presentation interchange document, there exist various hierarchy domains each of which defines a scope of validity. Object data formatting attributes that are unique to a particular context (e.g. page, data object) can be specified within specific Begin/End domains and as a result inherit the lifetime of the containing wrapper. Therefore, common formatting attributes for data object(s) can exist at higher levels in a document environment hierarchy, while not-so-common or unique formatting attributes reside at lower levels. This reduces the replication of common formatting attributes for each instance of a data object. The hierarchy defined in this disclosure specifically permits environment state information to exist at the document, page, and data object level. If an entire environment specification for a data object is missing from a given hierarchy level, then the entire formatting specification is defaulted to the next higher hierarchy level. If only certain data object e...