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Layout Method for Document Having Text and Non-Text Areas

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040223D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Matsushita, T: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a layout method for a composite document which has text areas and non-text areas, such as illustrations, business graphics, boxed items, and so on. In the proposed method, the position of a non-text area, hereafter referred to as a box, is specified as follows: (1) The box is related to a particular word in the document. (2) Besides the specification (1), the position of the box is specified with a relative position from the position where the related word is formatted. The relative position is defined by a combination of a relative page number, a horizontal distance, and a vertical distance. (3) Besides the specifications (1) and (2), the box can be constrained to be aligned to the left, right, top, bottom or center of a page or column. Fig.

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Layout Method for Document Having Text and Non-Text Areas

This article describes a layout method for a composite document which has text areas and non-text areas, such as illustrations, business graphics, boxed items, and so on. In the proposed method, the position of a non-text area, hereafter referred to as a box, is specified as follows: (1) The box is related to a particular word in the document. (2) Besides the specification (1), the position of the box is specified with a relative position from the position where the related word is formatted. The relative position is defined by a combination of a relative page number, a horizontal distance, and a vertical distance. (3) Besides the specifications (1) and (2), the box can be constrained to be aligned to the left, right, top, bottom or center of a page or column. Fig. 1 shows an example that a box for an illustration is related to words "this illustration is.." which refer to the illustration. To specify the place of the box just after the related words, the relative position is set to be zero, that is, (relative page number, horizontal distance, vertical distance) = (0,0,0). Besides the above specifications, this box has a constraint condition of right adjustment. According to this specification, this box always follows the related words even if it is re-formatted by some changes. Fig. 2 shows an example in which a box for a logotype is placed at point (x,y) on the n-th page. In this case, it is intended tha...