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Real-Time Mail Merge Collocation Filter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101079D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hays, DE: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for printing form letters sorted by some specific criteria from a previously unordered or misordered database in such manner that the printing and sorting are performed essentially simultaneously.

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Real-Time Mail Merge Collocation Filter

       Disclosed is a method for printing form letters sorted by
some specific criteria from a previously unordered or misordered
database in such manner that the printing and sorting are performed
essentially simultaneously.

      Text processors typically create form letters by extracting
information records from databases in an order predetermined by the
database interface software.  If this ordering is not sufficient for
the text processing operator's needs, the records are then presorted
if possible and then ported to the text processor (as long as the
operator has update access rights to the database and also
understands the mechanics of the database interface).  This
presorting process is distinct from the form letter printing process
and may require a substantial amount of time.

      The presorting process can be essentially eliminated by
utilizing the substantial microprocessor idle time commonly
associated with printing operations.  Since printing is a relatively
slow process, the next information record from the database can often
be extracted in order within the time period marked by the
transmission of the print data stream for the current form letter and
the actual printing of the last character.  In this way, the operator
does not realize that a sort process has even taken place since the
print speed is most often the limiting factor to his or her
throughput.  In addition, the operator no longer nee...