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NCJ Number: 68008 Find in a Library
Title: CBFMT - A STYLE FILE FOR PRODUCING MACHINE READABLE USERS' GUIDES
Author(s): R C ROISTACHER
Corporate Author: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Grant Number: 78-SS-99-0028
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT DESCRIBES A FORMAT STYLE FILE FOR PRODUCING USERS' GUIDES FOR MACHINE-READABLE DATA SETS AND DEMONSTRATES ALL OF THE MACROS AND FUNCTIONS USED TO PRODUCE USERS'GUIDES FOR MACHINE-READABLE DATA SETS.
Abstract: IT DESCRIBES THE SYSTEM USED TO CREATE MACHINE-READABLE USERS' GUIDES FROM OSIRIS III OR OSIRIS IV MACHINE-READABLE DICTIONARIES. THE SYSTEM USES A SPECIAL PURPOSE PROGRAM TO MERGE DICTIONARY INFORMATION FROM OSIRIS INTO A FORMAT INPUT FILE. TWO LIBRARIES OF FORMAT MACROS AND FUNCTIONS ARE THEN USED TO EXPAND THE DICTIONARY AND LABELING INFORMATION INTO A PRINTED USERS' GUIDE. ALTHOUGH THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN DESIGNED AROUND THE FORMAT DOCUMENT PROCESSING LANGUAGE, IT IS DIRECTLY APPLICABLE TO ANY DOCUMENT PROCESSING LANGUAGE WITH A MACRO FACILITY. BY SUITABLE REDEFINING OF FORMAT MACROS, THE SAME FILE CAN SERVE AS A MACHINE-READABLE CODEBOOK, A PAPER QUESTIONNAIRE, A DRIVER FOR A COMPUTER ASSISTED TELEPHONE INTERVIEWING PROGRAM, AND AN INPUT FILE TO AN INFORMATION RETRIEVAL SYSTEM. AN EXAMPLE OF A MACHINE-READABLE USERS' GUIDE, IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE STYLE OUTLINED IN 'A STYLE MANUAL FOR MACHINE-READABLE DATA AND THEIR DOCUMENTATION' AND CONTAINING EXAMPLES OF THE USE OF ALL MACROS AND FUNCTIONS IN CBFMT, IS APPENDED. FOOTNOTES ARE PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Computer generated reports; Data communications; Information Systems and Technology
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