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Method for Handling FAX Images on a Personal Communicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115732D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nagel, D: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method through which a personal communicator with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) represents a FAX file as a workbook object, minimizing a need for keyed data entry.

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Method for Handling FAX Images on a Personal Communicator

      Disclosed is a method through which a personal communicator
with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) represents a FAX file as a
workbook object, minimizing a need for keyed data entry.

      In the personal communicator to which this method is applied,
other applications having multiple data files show them graphically
using "folder" and "page" icons.  For example, an address book
application displays a folder of "address books," in which each page
is an address book file.  The actual operating system filename is
shown on each page.  However, this technique does not work well with
FAX data, which is purely graphical.  The FAX software cannot
reliably deduce the contents of a page to create an appropriate name,
and keyboard entry by the user should not be required for every file.

      The presently-disclosed method isolates the user from the
operating system filenames, grouping FAX pages into a common
"object," which can be named according to the desire of the user.
This object keeps track of critical information concerning the FAX
data, including file format, type of image encoding, number of pages,
and the image size of each page.  The user sees FAX "folders," each
of which contains FAX pages, as a direct analogy to pages in a
workbook.  This analogy is carried through to file functions, such as
the copy, erase, backup, and restore functions.  If a
previously-copied file has a name "collision" caused by duplication
of the name, the collision is handled by changing the operating
system filenames for an entire folder.  This change is not seen by
the user, who is never exposed to the operating system filenames.

      Individual pages may be manipulated, but each page mus...