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Merging Queries and Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061114D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kryka, JA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is provided for enabling a user of a workstation or display terminal connected to a computer system to merge the results of a Query into a document, both at print time and during editing. Most computer- oriented text processing systems that provide these two components (Text Editor and Query), either provide no interface between the two or require a manual operation to merge their results. This method uses a tightly woven interface between these two components that provides a user-friendly session and allows the merging of the respective outputs. The method allows the user to use the full function of Query for extracting the data from the file, and then to take that data and use the full formatting function of the text editor to format the data. Any text that is desired can be included in with the formatted data.

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Merging Queries and Documents

A method is provided for enabling a user of a workstation or display terminal connected to a computer system to merge the results of a Query into a document, both at print time and during editing. Most computer- oriented text processing systems that provide these two components (Text Editor and Query), either provide no interface between the two or require a manual operation to merge their results. This method uses a tightly woven interface between these two components that provides a user-friendly session and allows the merging of the respective outputs. The method allows the user to use the full function of Query for extracting the data from the file, and then to take that data and use the full formatting function of the text editor to format the data. Any text that is desired can be included in with the formatted data. The Query data also has the flexibility to be included in the document either while editing the document or while printing the document. If the data to be merged makes up a report that is to be updated with current data base data on a periodic basis, it is very desirable to do it at print time without operator intervention. An example of a Query that is to be merged while editing a document follows. In this example, a Query of a file is requested by pressing a command key in the editor, allowing the user to go to Query. When the Query is finished, the user then selects an option that says merge the data with a docum...