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Interactive Forms Positioning with Delayed Print

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000087245D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coenen, JS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The article by Cook, Nilsson and Willard entitled "Form Log and Printing" IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 11, April 1976, p. 3552, describes the use of a stored form log for semiautomatic positioning of the carrier of an impact printer to the beginning of each field of a blank form to be filled-in.

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Interactive Forms Positioning with Delayed Print

The article by Cook, Nilsson and Willard entitled "Form Log and Printing" IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 11, April 1976, p. 3552, describes the use of a stored form log for semiautomatic positioning of the carrier of an impact printer to the beginning of each field of a blank form to be filled-in.

The technique described in the referenced article is substantially improved upon by delaying the printing of the fields during input keying and, instead, visually displaying the input fields on a display device such as a cathode ray tube, light-emitting diode, liquid crystal or gas panel array. Before the first field is keyed, the form log is created, as indicated in the referenced article. During the subsequent form fill-in application, the operator depresses a field-begin button to cause escapement of the print carrier to the first field position stored in the log. The operator then keys the entry for the first field. As the entry is keyed, the characters appear on the display, but are not printed. The printer is allowed to escape without printing to show the operator where the characters will be printed on the form. When a line-ending code is keyed or the field-begin button is again depressed, the printer is repositioned to the beginning of the current field and the displayed text is printed.

If a line-ending code were keyed, the carrier is returned to the left margin of the field and field entry may c...