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Computer Aided Cold Type Composition

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000079059D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Maling, GC: AUTHOR

Abstract

The arrangement provides a low-cost automated production of camera-ready copy for photo-offset reproduction. A special interface allows a remote time-shared computer to be used as an aid in the production of right-justified copy. The system makes it possible to improve the efficiency of report production, particularly when the steps required from author to editor to typesetter to printer are considered.

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Computer Aided Cold Type Composition

The arrangement provides a low-cost automated production of camera-ready copy for photo-offset reproduction. A special interface allows a remote time- shared computer to be used as an aid in the production of right-justified copy. The system makes it possible to improve the efficiency of report production, particularly when the steps required from author to editor to typesetter to printer are considered.

The system consists of an IBM Selectric Composer interfaced to a terminal such as an IBM 2741, which in turn is interfaced to a large time-shared remote computer, for example, an APL System.

The system requires only two control characters to be transmitted in order to produce right-justified copy. Accordingly, the system has many advantages over conventional cold type composition systems.

In the system, the terminal is used for initial composition, production of control characters necessary to produce justified text, determination of where to hyphenate words, and special instructions necessary to select the proper type fonts. The composer is used only to produce the camera-ready right-justified text of high quality.

APL programs have been written to evaluate the efficiency with which the necessary control characters can be generated, and it is concluded that use of this system would be efficient, even using a time-sharing language such as APL which has a very high overhead.

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