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Button Function Panel for a Document Editor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014762D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 4 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brian Farn: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method for presenting common editing functions and precomposed text to a person who is editing a document through the use of a button selection area. This invention reduces the time and effort required to perform common editing tasks by providing an array of buttons that represent commonly used key strokes sequences.

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Button Function Panel for a Document Editor

A method for presenting common editing functions and precomposed text to a person who is editing a document through the use of a button selection area. This invention reduces the time and effort required to perform common editing tasks by providing an array of buttons that represent commonly used key strokes sequences.

A selection area consisting of an array of buttons is made available to a person who is editing a document. This selection area can be made visible, or can be hidden by the user of the document editor. Each button in the array represents an editing function, or, one or more commonly used text strings. A set of commonly used text strings, and functions is predefined for each document type. Editing functions include:

Moving the text cursor one line down in the document Moving the text cursor one line up in the document Inserting a new line into the document Repeating the current document line

Buttons that represent a function are labelled with either a symbol, or a text string that represents the function. When the button is pressed, the function is performed.

Buttons that represent one text string are labelled with either a text label that is the same as the text string, or with a different text label that represents the text string. When the button is pressed, a copy of the represented text string is inserted into the document being edited at the current cursor position.

Buttons that represent a set of related text strings have a distinguishing look that is different from the buttons that represent only one text string, or buttons that represent an editing function. The distinguishing look indicates that the button has a popup menu. These buttons have as its label, the text label or symbol that represents the most commonly used text string of the set. When pressed, a copy of the text string...