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Word Processor Having CONDITIONAL TEXT Printing for Mass Mailings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062286D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Koeller, PD Wenz, DG [+details]

Abstract

An improved method for conditionally printing sections of a document allows a user to merge data from a file into a shell letter to produce multiple copies of the document. Each copy of the letter can then be personalized to the recipient. In conjunction with the data-merge capability, two new embedded instructions have been provided to the user as follows: *BCT (field, file/query, query library, test condition, test value) *ECT where: *BCT = a keyword that indicates that some conditional test should be performed. If the result of the test is true, then all text and embedded instructions between the *BCT and *ECT instructions will be printed in the document. If the result of the test is false, then all text and embedded instructions between the *BCT and *ECT will not be printed in the document.