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Program for Interpreting Symbolic Count Items in a Text Stream

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000075421D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Norton, HT: AUTHOR

Abstract

Ordered sequences are frequently used in text composition. The examples of some sequences are the numbering of figures, the use of months of the year, or days of the week. In the text stream shown in Fig. 1, the ordered sequences are assigned a symbolic count item. Initially, a symbolic count item in the text stream 10 causes the data processing system to assign one storage location in area 12 for that count item. The count items are identified by symbolic letters C1, C2, C3, representing count items 1, 2, 3, respectively. Thereafter, when the count item is used in the text stream 10, the value in that count item's storage location 12 will be updated by adding 1 to the stored value. The characteristic for that count item is generally assigned initially with the first use of the count item and thereafter remains the same.

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Program for Interpreting Symbolic Count Items in a Text Stream

Ordered sequences are frequently used in text composition.

The examples of some sequences are the numbering of figures, the use of months of the year, or days of the week. In the text stream shown in Fig. 1, the ordered sequences are assigned a symbolic count item. Initially, a symbolic count item in the text stream 10 causes the data processing system to assign one storage location in area 12 for that count item. The count items are identified by symbolic letters C1, C2, C3, representing count items 1, 2, 3, respectively.

Thereafter, when the count item is used in the text stream 10, the value in that count item's storage location 12 will be updated by adding 1 to the stored value. The characteristic for that count item is generally assigned initially with the first use of the count item and thereafter remains the same. The characteristics would include type font code and conversion code to identify the ordered sequence into which the count item value is to be converted.

When the count item is encountered in the text stream 10, the value for the count item is updated and program control proceeds to the conversion tables or routines 14. If the ordered sequence being worked with was months of the year, and if the updated value in the count item were 6, then the conversion table for that item would convert the value 6 to the word "June." "June" would then be inserted back into the text stream 10.

Alternatively, the word "June" may be stored in area 16 as a reference value. The reference values are similar to the count items 12, except that they may contain additional characteristics plus the decoded text. Whether a decoded count item is stored as a reference value is controlled by a reference value command in the text stream. In addition, include value commands in the text stream will call for reference values previously stored in area 16. Reference values are identified by their name and are...