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Technique for Font/Size Switch for NLS User Interfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037418D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Melkus, LA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is an automatic method for accommodating NLS expansion by changing character fonts and sizes as opposed to conventional character truncation or word wrapping techniques.

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Technique for Font/Size Switch for NLS User Interfaces

Provided is an automatic method for accommodating NLS expansion by changing character fonts and sizes as opposed to conventional character truncation or word wrapping techniques.

As a language is changed from U.S. English to other languages, there are occasions when expansion is required to accommodate the effects of translation. The effect in conventional user interfaces is to wrap or truncate the action bars, function key areas, and instructions. This reduces the amount of display space available for user data.

The proposed technique provides an algorithm which compares the space requirements of the new language to the available space on the action bar, function key area, and instruction area. If the space required is less than is available, the fonts and sizes are automatically reduced until a fit is achieved.

The benefits to the end user are consistency in location of function and information across languages. The benefits to the developer of software which is translated is a simple method of developing equally usable software across different languages.

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