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Document Templates for an Editor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061726D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Borkin, SA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is an easy-to-use method of creating document templates in a manner identical to creating a non-template document. Document templates are standard document forms for a given class of documents, such as memo, business letter, informal letter, newsletter, etc. Conventional editors either do not provide templates or provide a fixed number of templates with a need for special skills to add new templates. It is therefore desirable that any user of an editor could make his own templates without learning any special skills in a manner identical to creating a document which is not a template. The present approach is to (1) have a template document be the same as any other document except for having a special name and (2) derive from the editor invocation which template document to use when creating a new document.

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Document Templates for an Editor

Disclosed is an easy-to-use method of creating document templates in a manner identical to creating a non-template document. Document templates are standard document forms for a given class of documents, such as memo, business letter, informal letter, newsletter, etc. Conventional editors either do not provide templates or provide a fixed number of templates with a need for special skills to add new templates. It is therefore desirable that any user of an editor could make his own templates without learning any special skills in a manner identical to creating a document which is not a template. The present approach is to (1) have a template document be the same as any other document except for having a special name and (2) derive from the editor invocation which template document to use when creating a new document. Specifically, a document name is to include a name field and a type field. A document for a given document type is specified to be a template by having a special reserved word in the name field. For example, one could use "SKELETON" as the reserved word. One could choose to separate the name field from the type field by a period. Then "SKELETON.MEMO" would be the document template for memos, and "SKELETON.NEWSLETTER" would be the document template for newsletters. If the editor is requested to edit "NAME.TYPE" where "NAME.TYPE" is not already an existing document, the editor would initialize "NAME.TYPE" to "SKELETON.TY...