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New Column Separator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036993D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Iida, H: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A display terminal has a column separator (COLSEP) which is one of the character attributes displayed on a display monitor to indicate column positions. This article describes an improvement in its appearance for better legibility.

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New Column Separator

A display terminal has a column separator (COLSEP) which is one of the character attributes displayed on a display monitor to indicate column positions. This article describes an improvement in its appearance for better legibility.

A former COLSEP is shown in Fig. 1. This COLSEP makes two dots under a character in a character box (one dot is placed at a left edge

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and the other at the right) which is the same color as the character. In this method, a start dot of a start column and an end dot of an end column are only one dot each. The dots other than the start dot and the end dot form two dots which consist of a dot at the right edge of a character and a dot at the left edge of the next character. If an operator finds a weak start dot in a start column, he might miss the start column. As for the end column, it might be missed as the start column because of a weak end dot. To stress the start dot and the end dot, another method was designed. It added an additional dot to both the start dot and the end dot, as shown in Fig. 2. In this method, if the start column of COLSEP is the first column of a row, the additional dot cannot be placed. If the end column is the last column of a row, the additional dot can also not be placed.

To correct this problem and provide a good appearance, the method of this article displays an additional dot inside of the start and the end column of COLSEP, as shown in Fig. 3. If only one character is the COLSEP field, this character box has two dots at both the left edge and the right edge. This method wi...