interesting patent

Frank D. Engel, Jr. fde101 at
Wed Dec 8 14:37:45 EST 2004

Hmm.. sounds like something other programs have been doing for a long 
time already.  Take FileMaker Pro, for example...

I wonder if the patent is actually valid?

On Dec 8, 2004, at 1:27 PM, Meitnik at wrote:

> U.S. Patent Awarded for Pageflex's Flexible Template Technology
> (, the leading provider of variable data publishing 
> and Web-to-print
> technology, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
> has awarded a
> patent for Pageflex's flexible template technology.
>  Pageflex template technology enables a document layout to "flex,"
> accommodating variable content within sophisticated designer-specified 
> guidelines. The
> Pageflex XML-based composition engine handles page content (text and 
> images)
> separate from page form (layout). When the length or size of custom 
> content is
> different than the size of the box the content is flowing into, the 
> box can
> expand in either the horizontal or vertical direction (or both), to 
> accommodate
> the content. Designer-specified rules determine the maximum and minimum
> dimensions, as well as behavior of the surrounding elements on the 
> page. The result
> is the ability to define sophisticated templates that accommodate a 
> wide range
> of variable content by flexing the page layout. Pageflex's U.S. patent
> includes all of these capabilities as well as additional claims for 
> related
> capabilities.
>  "Pageflex solutions are founded on our unique flexible template 
> technology,"
> said Anna Chagnon, Pageflex CEO. "Receiving this patent is an important
> milestone as we accelerate on our growth plan, ensuring protection for 
> our
> innovations that help our customers compete successfully."
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Frank D. Engel, Jr.  <fde101 at>

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$ true | cat /usr/manual | grep "John 3:16"
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life.

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