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Method to Save Format and Non-Text Information in Word Processor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062641D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Horn, GR Pienta, JR [+details]

Abstract

A method is described of operating only on the text portion of Revisable Form Text Document Content Architecture (RFTDCA) documents, while preserving the format information, footnotes, and non-text objects, while taking up a minimum of storage space in memory and on disk. All current word processors which convert to/from RFTDCA are EBCDIC-based programs, which are capable of handling extremely large files. All of their internal datastreams are in some fashion structured similar to RFTDCA. DisplayWrite 1 is the only word processor whose datastream is not structured similar to Revisable Form Text that attempts Revisable Form Text conversions. When it does this, however, all footnotes and non- text objects are lost, and the format information must be saved to a separate file on disk.