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Smart Interim Printing for Formal Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105275D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Manthuruthil, GC: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article provides a mechanism for interim printing of formal documents without white spaces and blank pages.

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Smart Interim Printing for Formal Documents

      This article provides a mechanism for interim printing of
formal documents without white spaces and blank pages.

      Generally a document goes through a number of revisions before
it is ready.  The writer of the document may print the document a
number of times for editing, grammatical check, clarity, etc.  Many
word processing and document formatting software packages allow
control characters within the document for page breaks, white spaces,
etc.  To avoid printing the blank pages and white spaces in these
cases the original document can be sent directly to the printer.  But
many of the existing printers do not handle these control sequences
producing undesired results such as printing one line per page, etc.
In other cases the writer may actually put in the blank spaces and
blank pages while creating the document.

      It is often a tedious amount of work or a change of thinking
for the writer not to put all these white spaces and control
characters for blank pages until the final stage of the document.
Also, sometimes the writer may want to print the document once or
twice with these blank pages and white spaces, but not always.

      This article provides the capability to print documents
avoiding blank pages and white spaces by adding a new option to the
print request.  Most word processing and document formatting software
packages first create a print file from the original document.  The
original document may contain  control information for page breaks,
white spaces, etc.  When generating the print file all these control
informations are expanded to its meaning.  Many of these word
processing packages, when selecting the print option, automatically
generate the print file before sending it to the printer.  Some other
word p...