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Method for Saving Current Margin Settings With a Note

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038403D
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

Bezviner, DE: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A method is described to save the current margin settings with a note on diskette such that the note files are still in a standard ASCII format. The current margin settings are saved with a note in a transparent manner without disrupting the pure ASCII file format. In this way the process of saving a note to diskette and subsequently getting it back into memory does not reset the margins to the default values. The user may set the margins once, and they remain there until the user changes them again with the Margin function. There are three margin settings for a note created with a notewriter program. A notewriter program 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.

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Method for Saving Current Margin Settings With a Note

A method is described to save the current margin settings with a note on diskette such that the note files are still in a standard ASCII format. The current margin settings are saved with a note in a transparent manner without disrupting the pure ASCII file format. In this way the process of saving a note to diskette and subsequently getting it back into memory does not reset the margins to the default values. The user may set the margins once, and they remain there until the user changes them again with the Margin function. There are three margin settings for a note created with a notewriter program.

A notewriter program 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 is provided for the user to insert or delete characters, lines, and blocks. The margins are the left margin, the right margin, and the paragraph start margin, which default to 10, 75, and 10, respectively. The user is provided with a Margin function to change any of these values. However, anytime that the program is reloaded, the margins will be set to the defaults again. This could cause the following scenario: 1. User creates a note with margins set to 20, 70, and 25. 2. User saves note and exits. 3. User returns later (margins reset to 10, 75, and 10). 4.

User gets note again to make revisions, but would have to reset margins before editing. Rather...