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Template for Selective Variable Data Coding

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000078395D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Holovka, C: AUTHOR

Abstract

A series of code holes are selectively exposable to serve as a template or overlay master, to facilitate encoding of the same indicia in a plurality of prescored or conventional tabulating cards with gang punches, manually operated stylii or the like. The pattern of exposed code holes may thereafter be changed at will any number of times, thus providing a reusable, modifiable template.

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Template for Selective Variable Data Coding

A series of code holes are selectively exposable to serve as a template or overlay master, to facilitate encoding of the same indicia in a plurality of prescored or conventional tabulating cards with gang punches, manually operated stylii or the like. The pattern of exposed code holes may thereafter be changed at will any number of times, thus providing a reusable, modifiable template.

Template 10 (Fig. 1) comprises upper and lower panels 11, 12 (shown enlarged in Fig. 2) suitably adhered to entrap a series of slidable elements 13. As shown, lower panel 12 has a series of code holes 14 arranged in a matrix pattern of five columns and ten rows. Top panel 11 has a series of rectangular grooves or tracks 15 formed in its underside and communicating with narrower slots 16 in its upper side; the tracks and slides being centered above the columns of holes 14. The elements 13 are slidably guided in tracks 15 and preferably have portions 17 (Fig. 3) projecting into the slots. The tracks 15 and slots 16 have a total length corresponding to the cumulative length of the precise number of elements 13 that are used, plus that of one additional element; e.g., with ten holes per column, as illustrated, there would be ten elements and the tracks and slots would correspond to the length of eleven elements disposed in contact end- to-end.

The portions 17 preferably have curved recesses 18 (Fig. 3) to receive a pencil or the like, to faci...