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The Commission of the European Communities is encouraging the development of an information market in Europe and has in particular supported the creation of Euronet, a packet switching network, and Diane, the information services offered through Euronet. References to documents can now be found by online access to bibliographic data bases within a few minutes. However, it takes days or, mostly weeks to receive the corresponding full text document from a library. In order to shorten this delay the Commission is carrying out an Action Programme which centres upon experiments (with more than 3 million dollars support by the Commission) for electronic document delivery and electronic publishing. The experiments, for which a call for proposals has already been published will begin in 1984. A number of problems will be common to the experiments, such as extended character sets; choice of distribution channels; document ordering, identification and location; and terminal requirements. They have been dealt with by separate studies. The present report deals with the possibility of deriving full text data bases from computer composition tapes. Nowadays many printers use computerized composition and typesetting systems to generate masters or plates for reproduction. It would seem very convenient to use computerized composition systems as input devices to electronic document delivery and electronic publishing systems. This study examines existing composition systems and techniques, and considers ways in which these systems could be used to provide data (text, line drawings and half-tones). Any comments from readers would be welcome.

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Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: P. 121, UKL 29, 1984. ISBN 0-904933-43-1. WRITE TO: LEARNED INFORMATION (EUROPE) LTD, OXFORD, UK, (EUR 8856 E).
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