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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027414D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07

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Xerox Disclosure Journal


A method for specifying customized book publishing orders via a computerized order entry system is disclosed. The process of building books in small quantity may be a complex task both in administration and technique. Administration involves taking the customer's order, with all of the available options, calculating a price, and storing the configuration of the job until the job is complete. The technique employed in any given job is described by the configuration requested by the customer. The number of options that are available for any job make the description of the procedure too complex or varied to communicate verbally or coherently on paper. To address these problems, a highly graphical program is required which assists in both the administration and techniques for the short run book binding industry. The administration phase of the program contains a "price sheet" that permits the administrator to enter prices for each option available to the customer, along with the possibility of quantity breakpoints. A "worksheet7' presents available options. Among the available options are: binding type, book size, finishing (Le., lamination, foil, and print), paper type, number of leaves, book title, ISBN (International Standard Book Number), and the number of books in the job. When the job is due to be built, the book binder accesses the job fie and displays the "work sheet" containing the selected options. With a mouse button click from the book binder, the "worksheet" is replaced by a "first page" of textual and graphical instructions. When the "first page" is complete, the book binder clicks the mouse button to the "next page." At any time the book binder can back track through the instructions or cancel the job. After the job is completed, the job file is deleted from the job queue.