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Document Interchange Architecture Interchange Document Profile Con vertor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119311D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A program is described which syntactically converts a Document Interchange Architecture (DIA) Interchange Document Profile (IDP) into customized semantically equivalent alternate forms for acceptance by receiving document-handling systems. The alternate forms are also DIA architected and can preserve the originator's intended information.

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Document Interchange Architecture Interchange Document Profile Con
vertor

      A program is described which syntactically converts a
Document Interchange Architecture (DIA) Interchange Document Profile
(IDP) into customized semantically equivalent alternate forms for
acceptance by receiving document-handling systems. The alternate
forms are also DIA architected and can preserve the originator's
intended information.

      Coexistence of unlike DIA systems has created connectivity
problems. Communicating IDP data between connected systems is a
problem when the systems have implemented different versions of DIA
and in some cases the same version of DIA differently. DIA has
defined the IDP syntactically different in various DIA versions and
in some cases defined DIA in a manner leading to different
interpretations of how to handle the data in the IDP. To further
complicate coexistence of different DIA systems, software bugs exist
in customer-located DIA products which prevent successful receipt of
IDP data. Systems cannot communicate with each other unless the IDP
is created for or modified to the receiving system's acceptable
format. A convenient method is needed for managing IDP data
communicated between unlike systems, especially when a network
topology includes many different connected systems. Coexistence of
DIA-handling systems is a problem which must have a solution.

      This invention solves and simplifies the coexistence problem of
communicating IDP data between systems through a rule-driven program
which converts an input IDP to an output IDP. The rule-driven program
can be invoked upon acceptance of an IDP from a system or before
sending an IDP to another system. The rules are maintained
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