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Common Source for Program-Integrated Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116985D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bonebrake, VA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Translation of Program Integrated Information (PII) and Publications is a major expense. With products that will run on multiple platforms (OS/2*, A IX*, OS/2 Warp for PowerPC*), the importance of doing translation once instead of the usual way of on a per platform basis becomes very important. The savings of doing the translation of a product once instead of on a platform basis can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars per product. The solution as outlined below will solve this problem for PII by making it platform independent. Another problem being solved is reducing the number of file types a developer or translator has to handle, in addition to shielding them from control information included in the file.

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Common Source for Program-Integrated Information

      Translation of Program Integrated Information (PII) and
Publications is a major expense.  With products that will run on
multiple platforms (OS/2*, A IX*, OS/2 Warp for PowerPC*), the
importance of doing translation once instead of the usual way of on a
per platform basis becomes very important.  The savings of doing the
translation of a product once instead of on a platform basis can run
into hundreds of thousands of dollars per product.  The solution as
outlined below will solve this problem for PII by making it platform
independent.  Another problem being solved is reducing the number of
file types a developer or translator has to handle, in addition to
shielding them from control information included in the file.

      One solution to the above problem is to develop converters for
the different PII file types.  The converters will take existing file
types and convert them into a common source type, namely BookMaster*.
The BookMaster format is used to modify the file before it is
converted back to its original format.  Thus, developers and
translators will always work with the same type format, and are
shielded from any platform dependent control information.  Also, by
having a common file format across platforms, translation cost is
reduced, because translated information can be ported across
platforms except for platform dependent information.

      The solution reduces the number of file types...