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Text Processing Sort of Variable Length Fields

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038317D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Douglas, GL [+details]

Abstract

In sorting information in a text processing system, the sorting or arranging of lines is well known, using the column numbers to denote the field boundaries (fixed length fields). However, when the information to be sorted does not line up in straight columns, the sort cannot produce the desired results. For example, if names and addresses are typed, one per line, but with just commas and spaces separating the elements of the address, the last names will not line up, nor will the addresses, cities and states.