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Formatting Controls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043576D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McCord, E: AUTHOR

Abstract

In computerization of printers it is desirable not to repeatedly transmit the same data over communication paths or through digital computing apparatus to the printer. It is desired to use a single transmission of the data as many times as possible for reducing data transmission time in the printing or other data presentation processors. A page format control option can be employed within a digital computing apparatus for arbitrarily and capriciously formatting data to be presented in a plurality of successive but different presentations. The same field within a data record can be placed in diverse locations on a logical page to be visually presented from a single transmission. A data record is singly transmitted to a control for a printing apparatus.

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Formatting Controls

In computerization of printers it is desirable not to repeatedly transmit the same data over communication paths or through digital computing apparatus to the printer. It is desired to use a single transmission of the data as many times as possible for reducing data transmission time in the printing or other data presentation processors. A page format control option can be employed within a digital computing apparatus for arbitrarily and capriciously formatting data to be presented in a plurality of successive but different presentations. The same field within a data record can be placed in diverse locations on a logical page to be visually presented from a single transmission. A data record is singly transmitted to a control for a printing apparatus. A page format control option includes line descriptors (LDs) which are examined in a predetermined sequence for controlling the formats of the visual presentation of the data contained in the data record. One or more fields within the data record can be repeatedly presented in different formats in accordance with control in the various line descriptors. For example, three fields (not shown) of the data record can be presented in accordance with LD 1 in a first format selection in a first presentation. The same data record can be reused in accordance with a second line descriptor, LD 2, in a second format selection for a second presentation. Similarly, LD 3 provides a third format selection for th...