Accession Number : AD0632208

Title :   GENERALIZED FORM CONTROLLED INPUT PROGRAM,

Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO HUNTSVILLE ALA COMPUTER DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Crabb,Philip

Report Date : 31 MAR 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : This report describes a computer program for an 8K IBM 1401 Computer designed to test the hypothesis that a generalized program can be written to identify and format data elements in paper tape records generated as a by-product of filling in any standard form on a keyboard -operated paper tape device. Input to this program is provided by a utility run which converts paper tape records to magnetic tape images of those records rather than accepting input directly from paper tape. The standard form is described to the program by means of control cards which specify the data elements, their respective locations on the form, and the data element code (3-character identifier) to be assigned to each data element. A maximum of 110 data elements can be accommodated. Using the control cards as criteria, the program evaluates the paper tape data in terms of functional codes (Carriage Returns, Tabs, Backspaces, etc.) to identify data elements, justify them accordingly, perform minor edits, and assign appropriate data element codes as required. In this prototype program, line length may not exceed 99 characters and the number of lines may not exceed 99. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, *CONTROL), PUNCHED TAPE, CHARACTER RECOGNITION

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE