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Method for DOCUMENT Comment Interchange

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040197D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 4 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gaudet, JL: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described to provide Interchange of the Document Comment, to applications external to the Display Write (DW3) text processing program. (Image Omitted) A Document Comment is the supplementary information that the operator may type in (Fig. 1) when creating or revising a DW3 or discovery document. It allows the operator to amplify upon the purpose and use of the document, beyond that given by the document name. The document name (plus extension) is 11 characters, all upper case. The document comment is up to 44 characters, any case, and any character in code page 256 is legal. Customers use document name, today, to help identify one document from a large number of similarly named documents, via display directory on DW3. Documents are sent via networks, etc., to users of other IBM work processors.

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Method for DOCUMENT Comment Interchange

A method is described to provide Interchange of the Document Comment, to applications external to the Display Write (DW3) text processing program.

(Image Omitted)

A Document

Comment is the supplementary information that the operator may type in (Fig. 1) when creating or revising a DW3 or discovery document.

It allows the operator to amplify upon the purpose and use of the document, beyond that given by the document name. The document name (plus extension) is 11 characters, all upper case. The document comment is up to 44 characters, any case, and any character in code page 256 is legal. Customers use document name, today, to help identify one document from a large number of similarly named documents, via display directory on DW3. Documents are sent via networks, etc., to users of other IBM work processors. Of interest, here, are users of 5520, DW/36, and DW/370. These work processors do not use DW3 documents directly. Rather, a common method of document interchange is RFT:DCA (Revisable Form Text: Document Content Architecture) which is IBM's interchange datastream. Today, the Document Comment is not defined to be in a RFT:DCA document. It is part of a network value-added protocol, called Document Interchange Architecture (DIA). DIA is present in specific network connections, such as DISSOSS and Personal Services (PS/36, PS/370, PS/PC). DIA, however, is not provided in all situations where RFT:DCA interchange is provided. In these situations, the Document Comment is lost to the customer and must be rekeyed from memory by the recipient of the RFT:DCA document. One such specific problem situation for a system, shown in Fig. 2, is as follows: 1. An extensive library of documents, e.g., 10,000, exist in a

5520 installation.

2. The customer wishes to move all these documents over to a S/36

with attached PCs (as terminals). Running on these

PCs is

DW3v1.0, Mod 100. The DW3 will be used as the

primary word

processor. DW/36 will be used as a secondary word

processor,

for special printer functions.

3. The link between 5520 and S/36 - DW/36 is a network, which

provides DIA and RFT:DCA interchange.

Therefore, the Document Comments for all 5520 documents arrive

in tact at the S/36-DW/36 installation.

4. Moving these documents to the PC-DW/3 for editing, however,

causes the Document Comment to be lost. This link

has no DIA

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protocol, and cannot readily accommodate it being

added. This

link is a 5250 Emulation Program on the PC, and a

5250 Ter minal Program on the S/36. The following method is employed to save the Document Comment. 1. DW36: OUTBOUND-TO-PC

a. Remove Document Comment from its DIA form and insert it

within the RFT:DCA document to be sent to the PC. See

Fig. 3.

b. Move the RFT:DCA to a S/36 mini-disk which is also a PC

Virtual Disk (V-Disk).

2. DW3: INBOUND

a. While converting RFT:DCA to DW3 internal form, remove the

Document Comment and write it where the DW/3

editor ex pects to...