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United States Patent  [li] Patent Number: 5,479,269
Bronnenberg et al.  Date of Patent: Dec. 26,1995
 AUTOMATED FORM HANDLING AND GENERATING SYSTEM AND A FORM SHEET ASSOCIATED TO SAID SYSTEM
 Inventors: Wilhelmus J. H. J. Bronnenberg;
Petrus A. M. Den Haan, both of
 Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation, New York, N.Y.
 Appl. No.: 273,670
 Filed: Jul. 12,1994
Related U.S. Application Data
 Division of Ser. No. 53,947, Apr. 26, 1993, Pat. No. 5,386, 298.
 Foreign Application Priority Data
Apr. 27, 1992 [EP] European Pat. Off. 92201169
 Int. CI.6 H04N 1/00; G06K 19/06
 U.S. CI 358/403; 358/406; 358/468;
382/317; 235/375; 235/494
 Field of Search 358/403, 440,
358/468, 406, 402, 407, 448; 382/317;
235/375, 456, 494
A document handling system comprises physical presentation means for receiving, presenting, and removing a document with respect to the system. Furthermore, it is provided with scanning memos for the document and printing means for printing on an unprinted sheet a document that contains a form. The form contains a plurality of physically sparse format calibrating items at a perimeter of the form, directly machine-readable form identifier clam in a prescribed identifier field, and form content dam including user completable indicia boxes proper to the form so identified. The form can be used for generating a facsimile sheet inclusive of standard facsimile header, for generating a standard document for general use, or for allowing a user to input amending dam for inclusion into a later to be printed user specifiable document.