Generalized Procedural Data Resource
Original Publication Date: 1989-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
In an interchange environment, different types of resources are available for use during processing of a data stream. One type of resource is procedural in nature and is used to format or process data stream commands or controls. Typically, this type of resource is referred to as a macro. A macro defined within an application program is usually composed of programming instructions in a language understood by the system in which the application is to run. Within a data stream, a macro is a resource consisting of commands and/or controls unique to the syntax and semantics of the data stream, much like a macro in an assembly language routine. Typically, macros are processable by like systems or application programs, but are not readily understood when interchanged by unlike systems.