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Text File Conversion: The Problem of Copymarks

Spring, Michael B and Williams, James G (1988) Text File Conversion: The Problem of Copymarks. Technical Report. School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

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Significant progress has been made in the area of final form document description with Postscript emerging as a de facto standard. Some progress has been made on the translation of page description languages--Postscript to Interpress and Interpress to Postscript. However, these developments are of no assistance in the sharing of documents that may need to be revised. The ISO OSI standards for revisable form documents interchange continue to evolve with the Standard Generalized Markup Language, the Office Document Architecture, and the Office document Interchange Format offering great promise for the future. While the ultimate solution to document interchange is universal acceptance of an interchange standard, some intermediate solution is required to meet the needs that exist today. It is in this context that document conversion systems are considered. The approaches to conversion fall in two broad categories. The first category includes systems that hard code each conversion. The second category of system rely on an intermediate metalanguage-- a standard. This paper describes a hybrid system for converting files created by one text processing system to a format suitable for another. The discussions covers the design principles for an extended machine and table driven approach. Tables allow for user involvement in customizing and developing new conversions while an extended machine allows for logical and arithmetic control of the conversion. The paper describes the kinds of copymarks found in text files, sets out the scope of what a copymark conversion engine must do, describes how various approaches tackle the problem, and describes how the conversion engine produced accomplishes these goals.


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Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Spring, Michael Bspring@pitt.eduSPRING
Williams, James G
Monograph Type: Technical Report
Date: January 1988
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
Place of Publication: Pittsburgh, PA
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Department: School of Library and Information Science
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
Other ID: LIS005/IS88005
Date Deposited: 03 May 2013 21:29
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:03


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