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Terminal Time Stamp

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060867D
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bradshaw, KA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Many business and professional offices have a device for time-stamping correspondence as it is received. Also, some computer programs have facilities to create and manage document ("chron") numbers. The user uses a pen or pencil to write in a mail log or on the document being logged. This is time-consuming and prone to errors. An improved technique is to connect a time-stamp device to a terminal, such as an IBM Displaywriter, IBM 3270 or a personal computer. Supporting software is provided to operate under various operating systems, such as VM/CMS, DOS/VSE, MVS, TEXTPACK 4 and PC/DOS environments, or for programs, such as the IBM Professional Office System (PROFS) and DISOSS. In operation, the user receives mail comprising many documents to be logged as received and initiates the mail-logging program.

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Terminal Time Stamp

Many business and professional offices have a device for time-stamping correspondence as it is received. Also, some computer programs have facilities to create and manage document ("chron") numbers. The user uses a pen or pencil to write in a mail log or on the document being logged. This is time- consuming and prone to errors. An improved technique is to connect a time- stamp device to a terminal, such as an IBM Displaywriter, IBM 3270 or a personal computer. Supporting software is provided to operate under various operating systems, such as VM/CMS, DOS/VSE, MVS, TEXTPACK 4 and PC/DOS environments, or for programs, such as the IBM Professional Office System (PROFS) and DISOSS. In operation, the user receives mail comprising many documents to be logged as received and initiates the mail-logging program. The initial screen that the program writes to the terminal contains a chron number generated by the program, and fields for descriptive information about the document. The user types in the document description and then time- stamps the document, at which time the following steps occur: -the chron number is printed on the document, -the program reads the screen containing the document description and files the information away for future processing, and - the program then writes to the terminal a refreshed screen containing the next chron number, as well as blank areas into which the user types the appropriate description of the next document....