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Method to Merge Table Data Using One-Cell Table Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060907D
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hernandez, IH: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described which provides a merge function using table data and a one-cell table object. Currently, in some text processing systems, a one-cell table object is available to allow the user to create form-type documents (e.g., medical form, hospital form). The user defines the form, inserting one-cell table objects where an entry field belongs. In accordance with this method, the user is able to define a form letter by inserting one-cell tables where variable data belongs. The method provides a row and column variable when naming a cell reference in a cell formula which denotes that the data being referenced in the cell may be variable.

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Method to Merge Table Data Using One-Cell Table Objects

A method is described which provides a merge function using table data and a one-cell table object. Currently, in some text processing systems, a one-cell table object is available to allow the user to create form-type documents (e.g., medical form, hospital form). The user defines the form, inserting one-cell table objects where an entry field belongs. In accordance with this method, the user is able to define a form letter by inserting one-cell tables where variable data belongs. The method provides a row and column variable when naming a cell reference in a cell formula which denotes that the data being referenced in the cell may be variable. For example, the user would specify R[&]C1 to represent variable row but static column 1, R[1]C[&] to represent variable column, static row, and R[&]C[&] to represent both row and column as variable. When the user creates the form letter, the user inserts one-cell tables using the variable cell reference. An example is shown on the next page of a form letter created by this method. When merging table data with the document, the user issues a command which identifies the name of the form document, the name of the table where the data to merge resides, and the starting and ending row and/or column number of the table data. The data for the form document is easier to maintain in atable format. Various tables may be used with the same layout without affecting the form do...