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Generation of a Form on an APA Printer by a Personal Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038715D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kolpek, RA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Forms are generated on an APA (all-points-addressable) printer from a personal computer in which every horizontal typing line on the form may be utilized for text and with each line of the form being capable of being typed on by a user of the form without any adjustment of the form in a typewriter. Forms may be constructed on an APA printer by an IBM Personal Computer through using the Personal Editor program, for example. The horizontal lines on the form are placed on the screen by means of an extended ASCII character set. Prompting information is typed into the appropriate boxes, which are formed by the horizontal lines and vertical lines, to assist in filling out the form. With the Personal Editor program, for example, an entire horizontal typing line is consumed each time that a horizontal line is placed on the form.

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Generation of a Form on an APA Printer by a Personal Computer

Forms are generated on an APA (all-points-addressable) printer from a personal computer in which every horizontal typing line on the form may be utilized for text and with each line of the form being capable of being typed on by a user of the form without any adjustment of the form in a typewriter. Forms may be constructed on an APA printer by an IBM Personal Computer through using the Personal Editor program, for example. The horizontal lines on the form are placed on the screen by means of an extended ASCII character set. Prompting information is typed into the appropriate boxes, which are formed by the horizontal lines and vertical lines, to assist in filling out the form. With the Personal Editor program, for example, an entire horizontal typing line is consumed each time that a horizontal line is placed on the form. By the use of a specially designed program without any change in the Personal Editor program, for example, the horizontal lines on the form are compressed so that every horizontal typing line on the form may be utilized rather than alternate lines. This is accomplished through intercepting the characters from the Personal Editor program and converting them within the IBM Personal Computer before sending the data to the APA printer. All of the horizontal lines are moved to the previously unused bottom four pels of each character box of twenty pels in height rather than being formed in s...