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Virtual Document Processing for Facsimile Machines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100530D
Original Publication Date: 1990-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clark, RE: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

An algorithm is described which allows a personal computer attached to a facsimile machine to group incoming pages into documents.

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Virtual Document Processing for Facsimile Machines

       An algorithm is described which allows a personal
computer attached to a facsimile machine to group incoming pages into
documents.

      Facsimile communications involves the sending of pages of
information.  There is no indication in this protocol as to how the
received pages relate together as documents.  On a standalone
facsimile machine which merely prints the pages, this is not a
problem since the operator can visually sort the pages into documents
and file them as such.  When a personal computer is used as the
controlling and storage device for an attached facsimile machine,
however, the user needs to handle stored pages as documents while the
computer optimally stores each received (or scanned) page as a
separate file.

      The algorithm described here consists of two parts:
      1.   A software function which allows the operator to create a
virtual document by specifying the pages (files) which make up the
document and the order of the pages in the document.  The virtual
document is thus like a table of contents which defines the structure
of the document.
      2.   Software which translates the operator's document-oriented
operations (like print, view, delete, etc.) into file/page operations
which access the data as it is actually stored.

      Thus, the fact that the facsimile document is stored as one
page per file is hidden from the operator.  This provides a high...