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Text Processing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000073720D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, EP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Shown is a data flow chart for a text processing system. Terminal 10 is interactive with the system for entry and correction of text and commands to specify the format of that text. These commands are embedded in the text so that there is a single data stream with intermixed text and text processing commands.

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Text Processing System

Shown is a data flow chart for a text processing system. Terminal 10 is interactive with the system for entry and correction of text and commands to specify the format of that text. These commands are embedded in the text so that there is a single data stream with intermixed text and text processing commands.

Semiformatted drafts 12 can be obtained at the terminal 10 by having the terminal driven to type out the draft. In addition, the operator at the terminal can direct that the text and commands be passed to a formatting program 14. The formatting program acts on the commands to compose the text. To do this, the formatting program consults parameters 15 describing the characteristics of a specified output device 16 or 18 and then performs the composition of the text within the operational limitations of that output device.

At this point in the text processing, a copy 19 of the text with interspersed text commands is made available for further correction at the terminal. This copy of text and text commands is addressable by the location of the text or command in the composed output.

The output of the formatting program is in two separate information blocks. One information block contains the formatted text of the document while the other information block contains the position information for that formatted text. These two blocks of information are passed to the output program 20 or 22 appropriate to the output device 16 or 18 to be used....