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Method of Adjusting a Paragraph

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038395D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Grafe, RJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described for the user of a Personal Computer (PC) to indicate a paragraph to be adjusted without explicitly marking the area to be adjusted. Notewriter is a mini-application that provides a way for the user to create, save, and edit simple notes. The size of a note is limited to about 12K bytes of memory, or about 7-8 pages of text. Notes may be saved and retrieved from diskette as standard ASCII files using IBM PC-DOS file naming conventions. Full-screen editing support is provided for the user to insert or delete characters, lines, and blocks. This article describes a method of adjusting a paragraph indicated by cursor position and repositioning of the cursor to facilitate further paragraph adjusting. The adjust function is invoked by a single keystroke.

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Method of Adjusting a Paragraph

A method is described for the user of a Personal Computer (PC) to indicate a paragraph to be adjusted without explicitly marking the area to be adjusted. Notewriter is a mini-application that provides a way for the user to create, save, and edit simple notes. The size of a note is limited to about 12K bytes of memory, or about 7-8 pages of text. Notes may be saved and retrieved from diskette as standard ASCII files using IBM PC-DOS file naming conventions. Full-screen editing support is provided for the user to insert or delete characters, lines, and blocks. This article describes a method of adjusting a paragraph indicated by cursor position and repositioning of the cursor to facilitate further paragraph adjusting. The adjust function is invoked by a single keystroke. It automatically scans up from the current cursor position to find the start of the current paragraph, adjusting from there to the end of the paragraph. Paragraph Adjust is a function that adjusts each line in the specified paragraph so that it contains the maximum number of words that will fit within the current margins. A paragraph is delimited by one or more blank lines. The user specifies the paragraph to be adjusted by positioning the cursor anywhere within or on blank lines above the paragraph. Pressing the "Adjust" function key then causes that paragraph to be adjusted. This way the user does not have to position the cursor at the top of the paragraph or go th...