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Information Configurability Facility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049445D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baker, C: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes an Information Configurability Facility (ICF) which offers writers an improved way of composing documents that contain conditional information. Options specified when a printout is needed cause sections of text to be inserted, replaced, or deleted, resulting in a version of the document tailored to a particular audience.

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Information Configurability Facility

This article describes an Information Configurability Facility (ICF) which offers writers an improved way of composing documents that contain conditional information. Options specified when a printout is needed cause sections of text to be inserted, replaced, or deleted, resulting in a version of the document tailored to a particular audience.

The ICF is an application based on the IBM Document Composition Facility (DCF) program product. It provides a set of controls which can be placed in an unformatted document to allow material to be inserted in, deleted from, or replaced in the basic text ("base file"). Options may be specified when the document is formatted to identify which, if any, of the possible alterations in the ICF controls should be applied. The ICF controls and their functions are: .config begins or ends a section of text (in the base file) subject to configuration .using identifies (1) an alternate file (side file) where insertion or replacement text may be found. (2) the

options to be specified at formatting time to cause

this particular alteration to be applied, and (3) the

type of alteration (insert/replace/delete). .modset identifies the beginning of a side file. .mod begins or ends a section of text (in the side file) which may alter the base file.

ICF is useful to writers of documents for which the audience is of varied backgrounds. Information needed by most readers can be placed in the base file with sup...