Generalized Mapping Function
Original Publication Date: 1989-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
In a compound document data stream allowing for the interchange of resource objects, text, graphics, image and the like, as well as resource data, such as fonts and color tables, a method allowing these resources to be referenced from a plurality of data stream commands and controls is required. Typically, systems allow both direct and indirect references to occur. A direct reference requires that the name of the resource be included on the data stream command and/or control making the reference. In prior art systems resource names were limited to a fixed number of bytes, such as 8, 16 or some multiple of 2 that could easily be processed by the system. To overcome the limitation of fixed length names, means of indirect referencing were introduced.