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Fake Data Processing Mode for a Computer System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035894D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Maitland, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

On AS/400, a new editing mode, called Fake-DP mode, has been created. In this mode, the system allows entry of control characters (below x'40') into prompt-type fields. This new mode is used to specify the leading and trailing text for purposes of footnote formatting. It could also be used to find and replace control characters and to specify leading and trailing text for purposes of formatting outline headings.

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Fake Data Processing Mode for a Computer System

On AS/400, a new editing mode, called Fake-DP mode, has been created. In this mode, the system allows entry of control characters (below x'40') into prompt-type fields. This new mode is used to specify the leading and trailing text for purposes of footnote formatting. It could also be used to find and replace control characters and to specify leading and trailing text for purposes of formatting outline headings.

Fake-DP mode takes advantage of the functions provided in Word Processing (WP) mode while presenting a user interface that looks like Data Processing (DP) mode. Special cursor movement algorithms have been added to the WP side of the 5294 Workstation Controller so that the cursor movement is similar to DP mode. In addition, the processing of control characters has been modified to simply insert the control character at the cursor position, and not to "action" that control. For example, in WP mode, when a tab control is entered, the tab control is inserted and the cursor is caused to move to the next tab stop in the tab rack. In Fake-DP mode, the tab control is inserted but no special cursor positioning is done. The cursor simply moves to the next position in the prompt field.

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