Improved Technique for Printing Multi-Copy Documents
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
By merging names, addresses, and other information into a "shell" document it is possible to easily produce a personalized letter that appears to have been typed specifically for the recipient. This can be accomplished on an IBM System/36 computer system. The S/36 implementation uses two programs to provide the merge capability. 1. QUERY/36 provides the capability to retrieve merge data from any file stored on the S/36. 2. DW/36 merges the data from the files into the "shell" document and formats the merged data for printing. A S/36 user can use DW/36 to create a "shell" document that specifies which fields are to be merged into the document. The user specifies the fields at the exact position in the document where the merged data is to be located.