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Merge With File Function for Different File Formats

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060512D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Chang, PY Edwards, WM Shipp, KO [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which permits the merge with file function of DisplayWrite 3 to merge a file with a shell document, even when the file is in a different format. Rather than requiring the operator to perform a conversion using a separate utility, DisplayWrite 3 automatically converts the file without the operator's knowledge. The method allows the merge with file function of DisplayWrite 3 to operate with the following six different file formats: - DIF* - SYLK** - dBASE II*** - PDS**** - BASIC sequential - Fixed length In accordance with this method, the merge with file function actually only supports the fixed length file format DIRECTLY. All other file formats are converted to fixed length files. This conversion step is completely hidden from the operator.