Document Formatting Systems: Survey, Concepts, and Issues Academic Article uri icon


  • Formatting systems are concerned with the physical layout of a document for hard- and soft-copy media. This paper characterizes the formatting problem and its relation to other aspects of document processing, describes and evaluates several representative and seminal systems, and dtscusses some issues and problems relevant to future systems. The emphasis is on topms related to the specification of document formats; these include the underlying document and processing models, functions performed by a formatter, the formatting language and user interface, variety of document objects, the integration of formatters with other document processing tasks, and implementation questions. 1982, ACM. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • ACM Computing Surveys

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Furuta, R., Scofield, J., & Shaw, A.

citation count

  • 63

complete list of authors

  • Furuta, Richard||Scofield, Jeffrey||Shaw, Alan

publication date

  • September 1982