Scannable form and system

  • US 5,085,587 A
  • Filed: 08/07/1990
  • Issued: 02/04/1992
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/07/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A scannable form combining multiple response inputs and numeric value inputs, the form having:

  • a. an elongate rectangular shape with first and second generally straight longitudinal edges;

    b. at least one response column parallel to the first longitudinal edge;

    c. a single control mark column, parallel to the first longitudinal edge and parallel to the response column but spaced therefrom, the control mark column containing, in a direction parallel to the first longitudinal edge;

    (1) a first set of response control marks having a first length;

    (2) a second set of response control marks having the first length;

    (3) a start-of-form mark having a second length different from the length of the response control marks; and

    (4) an end-of-form mark having a third length different from the length of the response control marks and from the length of the start-of-form mark;

    the first set of response control marks being column aligned with start-of-form mark and before the second set of response control marks, the start-of-form mark being column aligned before the second set of response control marks, and the second set of response control marks being column aligned before the end-of-form mark; and

    d. a response row corresponding to each response control mark, each response row being row aligned with the corresponding response control mark perpendicular to the first longitudinal edge, each response row containing at least one response receiving space, and each response receiving space being aligned in said at least one response column;

    wherein the first set of response control marks and associated response rows are organized into at least one numeric value block for indicating a numeric value, and wherein each numeric value block includes at least one response control mark and associated response row.

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