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SELECTION OF OPTIONS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024139D
Original Publication Date: 1979-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 233K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In word processor systems, there are normally a large number of options which the operator may select or deselect to make the system operate differently on the text entered into the system. For example, options to have the system print or non-print the data as it is entered from the keyboard, select automatic carriage return,

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

SELECTION OF OPTIONS Proposed Classification
H. Wallace Swanstrom U.S. CL 340/172.5

mt. CL G06f 1/00

In word processor systems, there are normally a large number of options which the

operator may select or deselect to make the system operate differently on the text entered into the system. For example, options to have the system print or non~ print the data as it is entered from the keyboard, select automatic carriage return,

select the particular language in which the entry is to be made, code print, particular pitch, whether or not the printer is to stop at the end of a page when the page is full, and innumerable other options. Normally, these options are selected or

deselected by various keys or a combination of keys located on the keyboard.

It is desirable to keep the keyboard from becoming too cluttered or complicated,

which might tend to confuse the operator. In a word processor system, which includes a display (either small or large), a better concept for selecting the options

has been conceived which uses a minimum of keys. A list of the available options is provided in the program memory. The programs for implementing any and all of the options are also stored in program memory. The operator may now recall the list of available options and display the available options one at a time and then

select or deselect them as the list is displayed. In this way, the same key or keys may be used to select or deselect each option. Since this...