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Functions for Processing Forms on an Electronic Typewriter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062319D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cecil, RH: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Two separate functions enable storing of form formats in memory of an electronic typewriter for reiterative use. Both variable and repetitive information can be handled for form processing. With an electronic typewriter having a memory, a user can enter a code point in a file of the memory to automatically stop the typewriter during subsequent playback by using a STOP CODE function, which is having the operator simultaneously activate a Code key and a number key. The memory has all stop codes annotated so that the user can store up to 50 characters to explain the reason of the stop code or to instruct what should be done. For example, the user can employ the stop code as a file label, or description of necessary formatting information such as pitch, line spacing, font, etc.

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Functions for Processing Forms on an Electronic Typewriter

Two separate functions enable storing of form formats in memory of an electronic typewriter for reiterative use. Both variable and repetitive information can be handled for form processing. With an electronic typewriter having a memory, a user can enter a code point in a file of the memory to automatically stop the typewriter during subsequent playback by using a STOP CODE function, which is having the operator simultaneously activate a Code key and a number key. The memory has all stop codes annotated so that the user can store up to 50 characters to explain the reason of the stop code or to instruct what should be done. For example, the user can employ the stop code as a file label, or description of necessary formatting information such as pitch, line spacing, font, etc., or note occurrences and description of variable information in a form such as name, address, date, etc. The annotated message appears on the display, which displays 80 characters, between beginning and ending delimiters when displayed with other text. The message is positioned on the display between left and right arrows when stopped on playback, which is when printing is occurring. The hex value of the stop code appears in memory as hex numbers as follows: 2B A7 LL MM AA AA AA AA AA AA AA LL A7 2B where LL is the length of the code, MM is the source of the code such as software or a feature, and AA is the annotated message. A Mark function, which is produced by the user activating the Code key an...