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Enhanced COLUMN Layout Function for Typewriters/Word Processors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035105D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gerstle, PJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

An algorithm is described that provides the following enhanced column layout features for typewriter and word processor applications: 1.Automatic column placement 2. Automatic column style with individual override 3. Column heading mode automatically overrides the column style with column center mode 4. Operator adjustment of column positions

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Enhanced COLUMN Layout Function for Typewriters/Word Processors

An algorithm is described that provides the following enhanced column layout features for typewriter and word processor applications: 1.Automatic column placement 2. Automatic column style with individual override 3. Column heading mode automatically overrides the column style with column center mode 4. Operator adjustment of column positions

A menu-driven operator interface can be used to explain the operation of advanced column layout. This menu would contain 3 lines:

The "COLUMN nn" contains the number of column being defined and is numbered by the program. The first screen shown after entering column layout would have "COLUMN 1".

The operator uses movement keys to select the column style and enters the maximum number of character positions needed for the column. If the column style is decimal tab, 'nn.n' is displayed to have the operator enter the number of positions before and after the decimal point. The operator finishes the input for the first column by keying a carrier return. The program displays "COLUMN 2" and clears the column width data. The operator continues until all the columns are defined. Entering a zero width or a menu exit keystroke ends the definition mode.

The operator is then presented another screen:

This is presented for each of the columns. If any heading is wider than the associated column, two or more lines will be used to print the headings. Individual headings can be left blank by pressing carrier return. Headings may also be entered using the column style override as described below.

After exiting the column heading menus, the headings are printed, with only the last line underlined if the headings were entered in continuous underscore mode.

The program places the carrier at the beginning of the first column and turns the column 1 function mode on (Left, Right, Decimal Tab, or Center). The operator enters the data for the first column and ends the first column with a tab. The machine/scr...