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Mass Mailing Labels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060731D
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Koeller, PD: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is provided for enabling a user of a workstation or display terminal connected to a computer system to generate mass mailing labels in conjunction with mass mailing. The method allows the user to generate the labels from the same queried file used for the mass mailing. The labels are generated from a separate document and have all of the flexibility for text on the label that a document has including items like printing with special typestyles and fonts, including customer numbers on the label, and extracting customer names and addresses from the data base. In this method, the label application is provided out of a"special" document. The user creates a document in which the editor is informed that it is a label document.

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Mass Mailing Labels

A method is provided for enabling a user of a workstation or display terminal connected to a computer system to generate mass mailing labels in conjunction with mass mailing. The method allows the user to generate the labels from the same queried file used for the mass mailing. The labels are generated from a separate document and have all of the flexibility for text on the label that a document has including items like printing with special typestyles and fonts, including customer numbers on the label, and extracting customer names and addresses from the data base. In this method, the label application is provided out of a"special" document. The user creates a document in which the editor is informed that it is a label document. This label document can have any of the text functions of a standard document including one that allows data and text merging. An example of such a label document appears as follows as it is being edited:

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Notice that this document has a field called *&CUSTNM. This field appears in either a Query, or is simply the name of a field in a described data file. If it is a name that appears in a Query, it can have selection logic associated with it, such as creating labels for customers with a current balance due greater than zero. This document is treated very similar to a mass mailing document in that it will generate a label for each item in the selected data base. The Query or the file that is used for thi...