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Improved Technique for Printing Multi-Copy Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061083D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Koeller, PD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

By merging names, addresses, and other information into a "shell" document it is possible to easily produce a personalized letter that appears to have been typed specifically for the recipient. This can be accomplished on an IBM System/36 computer system. The S/36 implementation uses two programs to provide the merge capability. 1. QUERY/36 provides the capability to retrieve merge data from any file stored on the S/36. 2. DW/36 merges the data from the files into the "shell" document and formats the merged data for printing. A S/36 user can use DW/36 to create a "shell" document that specifies which fields are to be merged into the document. The user specifies the fields at the exact position in the document where the merged data is to be located.

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Improved Technique for Printing Multi-Copy Documents

By merging names, addresses, and other information into a "shell" document it is possible to easily produce a personalized letter that appears to have been typed specifically for the recipient. This can be accomplished on an IBM System/36 computer system. The S/36 implementation uses two programs to provide the merge capability. 1. QUERY/36 provides the capability to retrieve merge data from any file stored on the S/36. 2. DW/36 merges the data from the files into the "shell" document and formats the merged data for printing. A S/36 user can use DW/36 to create a "shell" document that specifies which fields are to be merged into the document. The user specifies the fields at the exact position in the document where the merged data is to be located. The user also specifies the file or query that will define the merged fields. There is no requirement for the user to specify this information at the beginning of the "shell" document. By using QUERY/36 the user can specify a query that defines which fields in the file are of interest and which records should be merged. This provides the user with an easy means to subset the records that are used during the merge. When the user requests to print the "shell" document, the following steps occur: 1. DW/36 begins printing the "shell" document until the first merge field is found. 2. DW/36 calls QUERY/36 and passes the name of the field and query that are associated with...