Patent Number: 6,253,219

Title: Method for utilizing the postal service address as an object in an object oriented environment

Abstract: The invention is a method and system for creating an address object, in an object oriented development environment of a data processing system. The address object is utilized during the creation of a document within a data processing system. The method includes both the object creation environment and the method of object utilization. The method establishes an object creation function within the data processing system, and then instantiates the address object by registering an object class within the object creation function, and then naming the class. Instantiation of the object establishes a programming interface to the address object. The properties of the address object are established by placing a set of object methods such as storage instructions, display instructions, and, printing instructions, together with: postal coding functionality; address manipulation functionality; a set of addressing data tables; and, a human interface within the address object by utilizing the established programming interface. The system user invokes the address object which causes the system to perform postal coding and address manipulation on the address field under control of the address object. The system establishes and utilizes the address object by employing data processing means for manipulating data; memory means for storing a plurality of data tables for use by the data processing means; input means for inputting data to the system; and, output means for outputting data from the system.

Inventors: Gardner; David P. (New Milford, CT), Pierce; Jeffrey D. (Norwalk, CT)

Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.

International Classification: G07B 17/00 (20060101); G06F 009/445 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018