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Page Heading Handling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000048899D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McInroy, JW: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In a file report shell document, a method is needed to specify table headings which are to be printed at the beginning of the tables and then repeated at the top of each page of output. Normal Header Text (Top Margin Text) will not accomplish this because (1) in a report, the first instance of a Table Heading typically does not occur at the top of a page, and (2) it is desirable to display the heading text while the shell template for the table data is being displayed, revised or reviewed.

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Page Heading Handling

In a file report shell document, a method is needed to specify table headings which are to be printed at the beginning of the tables and then repeated at the top of each page of output. Normal Header Text (Top Margin Text) will not accomplish this because (1) in a report, the first instance of a Table Heading typically does not occur at the top of a page, and (2) it is desirable to display the heading text while the shell template for the table data is being displayed, revised or reviewed.

A "Page Heading" report control has been defined that, when inserted into a file-report shell document, indicates that the text following the control is to be inserted (during report processing) immediately following the report preface (i.e., just before the start of the table data) and is then to be repeated at the top of each succeeding page of the report output. The "Page Heading" text begins immediately after the control and ends immediately before the next report control. This provides the operator a straightforward method to specify table headings. Moreover, the the process that implements the function of the control could be used in a variety of data streams, and the "Page Heading" report control provides a powerful method of handling a report-generation function via a text data stream.

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