Dismiss
InnovationQ will be updated on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 10am ET - noon. You may experience brief service interruptions during that time.
Browse Prior Art Database

Technique for Inserting Tab Pages into Print-on-Demand System Advanced Function Printing Printer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116615D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lahey, LC: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for marking the correct location for Tabs in a document that is being printed by a Print-on-Demand printer. This method causes an extra page to be printed that is marked with whatever information is needed to inform the "book assembler" to insert a Tab at that location.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 52% of the total text.

Technique for Inserting Tab Pages into Print-on-Demand System Advanced
Function Printing Printer

      Disclosed is a method for marking the correct location for Tabs
in a document that is being printed by a Print-on-Demand printer.
This method causes an extra page to be printed that is marked with
whatever information is needed to inform the "book assembler" to
insert a Tab at that location.

      In a Print-on-Demand system, pages of books or other
publications are stored as pages in a database, so they may be
retrieved and printed (as a whole or as specific sections) and sent
to fulfill a customer order.  Many of the books/publications contain
non-printed parts such as tabs that must be inserted into the printed
output at the proper locations before delivery to the customer.  This
activity should be done by the book/publication assembler who takes
the printed output from the printer output bin and places the
assembled book/publication into an envelope/box for shipping.
Correct
placement of the "extras" (tabs, etc.) into the printed output should
be easy and fast so the assembler can keep up with the printer.

      To solve this problem, this technique keeps information about
tab (etc.) placement in the database.  When the POD system receives
an order for a book/publication, it makes a request of the database
component to produce a file listing all the files that compose the
pages of the book/publication.  This list also contains entries for
each tab and locates these entries in the correct order between
pages.  The structure of a page record in this file is the following:
    INT page_type - indicate "regular page", tab, binder,extra, etc.
    INT part_no   - indicates part number for any "non-regular" pages
    (0 for regular pages)
    CHAR(32) page_no - string identifyin...