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Separate Description File From Data File

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101392D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chun, EG: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a method for defining the same data in a data file in different ways to allow for different uses of the data.

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Separate Description File From Data File

       This article describes a method for defining the same
data in a data file in different ways to allow for different uses of
the data.

      Data files often contain data such as first name, last name,
street addresses, cities, zip codes, height, weight, sex.  This data
can have many different uses depending on the application. However,
while creating a data file the user is often forced to describe his
data in only one way, requiring him to create new data files
containing the exact same data as another file, but described and
grouped together differently to fit another application.

      DisplayWrite* 5/2 has solved this problem by designing its data
file function into two separate files.  One file contains the actual
data, while the other file contains the description of the data.
Because the data and description are separate files, the user is
allowed the flexibility of having many different description files
describing the same data file.  For example, if the data file
contained a list of names:
      Emily     G         Chun            <===Data
      Diana     M         Routsong
      Tin       L         Nguyen
      Michael   T         Collins
The user can describe this data in several ways:
      First     Middle    Last             <===Description 1
      Emily     G         Chun   ...