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Advanced Function Printing Presentation of Human-Readable Data along with Multiple-up Data Pages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106569D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 4 page(s) / 159K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chen, W: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Various line data and complex AFP output applications require archiving of reports, transaction records, and so on. These archiving applications usually require densely packed recording/printing of existing output data stream pages on various output media (e.g., print, micro-fiche, film), in a multiple-up (or stated more strongly, often a "maximum-up"), rectangular m-by-n arrangement. The needs include compact storage and subsequent human-readable retrieval of the information, which usually requires optical magnification of the densely packed printed/recorded data pages.

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Advanced Function Printing Presentation of Human-Readable Data along with Multiple-up Data Pages

      Various line data and complex AFP output applications require
archiving of reports, transaction records, and so on.  These
archiving applications usually require densely packed
recording/printing of existing output data stream pages on various
output media (e.g., print, micro-fiche, film), in a multiple-up (or
stated more strongly, often a "maximum-up"), rectangular m-by-n
arrangement.  The needs include compact storage and subsequent
human-readable retrieval of the information, which usually requires
optical magnification of the densely packed printed/recorded data
pages.

      The disclosure recognizes that additional data is usually
required for the retrieval process.  This is because of the reduced
size of the densely recorded pages and their content (which are
normally not directly readable by the human eye).  Therefore, the
output media must also accept the added recording of directly
human-readable information, along-side, surrounding, or possibly even
overlaying the data pages.  This information may consist of fixed,
unchanging elements, such as a title, and, often more importantly,
referencing or indexing information that is variable from output
sheet to output sheet--usually required as an aid for the retriever
to navigate through the densely packed data page content he/she must
read.  This information is often dependent on, and must be extracted
from, the data stream's recorded data pages and their content (e.g.,
account number ranges recorded on a single, densely packed output
medium), before it is recorded along with the archived data.

      For a total solution to these printing/recording requirements
for archiving, existing AFP design and architectures must be
extended.  The solution suggested herein rests on existing
architecture and ongoing work and identifies specific further
extensions to the AFP architectures.

      The requirements described in the above application background
result in the need for specific technical functions summarized as
follows:

o     Data pages from an application's MODCA-P data stream must be
    automatically arranged and placed in a (more or less, dense)
    m-by-n pattern ("tile" fashion) and, if requested scaled by the
    output device, on successive output sheets or other media.

o     The user job submitter should only have to provide, in addition
    to the data pages for arrangement, such parameters as: number of
    rows and number of columns for the tile arrangement, size and
    placement of the arrangement partition on the output medium,
    preferred order of placement (along row or column direction), and
    whether scaling is required.

o     The output device must also be able to accept and present
    human-readable data or is fixed (or simply supplied by the
    submitter, that is, not having to be derived from t...