Computer implemented method for wrapping data to an arbitrary path defined by a page description language

  • US 6,209,010 B1
  • Filed: 07/18/1997
  • Issued: 03/27/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/18/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A computer implemented method for wrapping data to an arbitrary path defined by a page description language, comprising the steps of:

  • identifying a path defined in a page description language specification as a data-wrapping path, the data-wrapping path having a path boundary;

    associating a data block with the data-wrapping path; and

    generating a bitmap representation of the data block according to the path boundary and according to a pre-defined flow rule;

    the identifying step including a step of associating a graphics state with the path;

    the generating step including a step of applying the graphics state to the data block;

    the identifying step including a step of interpreting the page description code specification to produce a rendering command display list for static data defined in the page description code specification, and the computer implemented method further comprises a step of storing the display list in memory; and

    the identifying step including a step of storing the graphics state associated with the path in memory, whereby the generating step can be repeated for multiple data blocks to generate multiple bitmap representations.

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