Layout Method for Document Having Text and Non-Text Areas
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
This article describes a layout method for a composite document which has text areas and non-text areas, such as illustrations, business graphics, boxed items, and so on. In the proposed method, the position of a non-text area, hereafter referred to as a box, is specified as follows: (1) The box is related to a particular word in the document. (2) Besides the specification (1), the position of the box is specified with a relative position from the position where the related word is formatted. The relative position is defined by a combination of a relative page number, a horizontal distance, and a vertical distance. (3) Besides the specifications (1) and (2), the box can be constrained to be aligned to the left, right, top, bottom or center of a page or column. Fig.