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Method and System for Managing Recursive Scalable Template Static Meta-Elements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012421D
Original Publication Date: 2003-May-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-May-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The present invention discloses a method, in a multi-dimensional electronic data table comprising a plurality of data, for managing recursive scalable template static meta-elements.

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Method and System for Managing Recursive Scalable Template Static

Meta-Elements

The present invention discloses a method, in a multi-dimensional electronic data table comprising a plurality of data, for managing recursive scalable template static meta-elements.

    A Recursive Scalable Template (RST) is defined as comprising a Recursive Element (RE) including one or a plurality of Scalable Templates (ST). A Recursive Scalable Template Instance (RSTI) comprises a variable number of contiguous Recursive Element Instances (REI) ordered and aligned along a first data table dimension and structured according to a Recursive Scalable Template (RST). A recursive element instance comprises one or a plurality of Scalable Template Instances (STI). A scalable template instance comprises a variable number of elements structured according to a scalable template; an element being defined as a range of data; a range of data comprising one or a plurality of data. The creation of one or more recursive scalable template instances comprises the steps of :

Selecting a recursive scalable template; Creating at a defined location one or a plurality of contiguous recursive element instances ordered and aligned along a first data table dimension; each recursive element instance having a variable size along said first data table dimension and a same size along a second data table dimension;

Structuring each recursive element instance according to the recursive element defined for the recursive scalable template; Aligning each scalable template instance of each recursive element instance along said first data table dimension; Aligning within each recursive element instance, each scalable template instance along said second data table dimension.

    In a particular embodiment, a recursive scalable template instance comprises a header part and/or a footer part. The header part of the recursive scalable template comprises a predefined number of recursive meta-elements. The footer part of the scalable template comprises a predefined number of recursive meta-elements; a recursive meta-element comprising one or a plurality of scalable templates.

    The concepts of Scalable Template (ST) and Scalable Template Instance (STI) are described in detail in international patent application PCT/EP 02/09483 (IBM's reference FR9 2001 0029) entitled "System and Method in an Electronic Spreadsheet for Exporting-Importing the Content of Input Cells from a Scalable Template Instance to Another" by Aureglia et al.

    In the environment of Recursive Scalable Templates (RST), the following situation may occur :
a RST has already been defined by a user. the RST has already been instanciated into one or a plurality of RST instances. In this situation, a RSTI may comprise a relatively large number of recursive elements; themselves including STI comprising a relatively large number of elements. As a result,

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the RSTI can become difficult to handle due to its structural complexity and siz...