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Word-Processing Technique for MERGING Lists of DATA Into a DOCUMENT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062291D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Koeller, PD Kryka, JA Sandstrom, HL [+details]

Abstract

When merging lists of names, addresses, and other information into a document to produce a document with report-type information embedded in the document, QUERY/36 provides the capability to retrieve merge data from any file stored on the S/36, and DW/36 merges the data from the files into the document and formats the merged data for printing. By using QUERY/36 the user can specify a query that defines which fields in the file they are interested in and which records should be merged. This provides the user with an easy means to subset the records that are used during the merge. When the user requests to print the document, the following steps occur: 1. DW/36 begins printing the document until a line is found with an instruction that indicates that one or more data fields will merge into this line to produce a list of data.