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Print Data Stream to PTOCA Conversion

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104214D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Thornton, DS: AUTHOR

Abstract

Currently when a document is created and distributed by a Line of Business (LOB), the document must then be scanned back into the system to retain a record of what was actually sent to the distribution. This is one part of the coded data issue which requires that image systems be capable of handling non-image data related to the LOB.

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Print Data Stream to PTOCA Conversion

      Currently when a document is created and distributed by a Line
of Business (LOB), the document must then be scanned back into the
system to retain a record of what was actually sent to the
distribution.  This is one part of the coded data issue which
requires that image systems be capable of handling non-image data
related to the LOB.

      The disclosed method solves this problem in a general way by
converting the data stream sent to the printer into an image data
stream.  The method requires that the distributed document be printed
in the IBM Personal Printer Data Stream (PPDS) format compatible with
IBM LaserPrinters, IBM Quietwriters, IBM Proprinters, and IBM
compatible printers.  The data stream is then parsed and the
resulting components are broken down and reconstructed in a standard
Mixed Object Document Content Architecture (MO:DCA), wrapped
Presentation Text Object Content Architecture (PTOCA), page
compatible with IBM ImagePlus* document systems.  The new PTOCA
document can then be catalogued into the image system without
scanning.

*  Trademark of IBM Corp.