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Automatic Date Insertion Function for an Electronic Typewriter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038830D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Grady, CR: AUTHOR

Abstract

At power-on reset (POR), a user of a typewriter is prompted to enter the current date with this prompt being ignored except for the first time of each day. If the user does not wish to use the current date, then the prompt at the first POR is ignored. During typing, activation of a key causes insertion beginning at the midpoint between the margins if the carrier is located at the left margin. If the carrier is located other than at the left margin, the date is printed at that location. At POR, the software of an electronic typewriter prompts the user to enter the current date in a format such as MM/DD/YY or DD Month, YY, or Month DD, YY, for example. The prompt can be ignored by the user striking a specific key so that the last entered date or some default date is treated as the current date.

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Automatic Date Insertion Function for an Electronic Typewriter

At power-on reset (POR), a user of a typewriter is prompted to enter the current date with this prompt being ignored except for the first time of each day. If the user does not wish to use the current date, then the prompt at the first POR is ignored. During typing, activation of a key causes insertion beginning at the midpoint between the margins if the carrier is located at the left margin. If the carrier is located other than at the left margin, the date is printed at that location. At POR, the software of an electronic typewriter prompts the user to enter the current date in a format such as MM/DD/YY or DD Month, YY, or Month DD, YY, for example. The prompt can be ignored by the user striking a specific key so that the last entered date or some default date is treated as the current date. The date insertion function is invoked by the user striking a specific dedicated "date" key. If the carrier is at the left margin when this occurs, the carrier is moved to the midpoint between the margins and immediately prints the current date. If the carrier is located other than at the left margin when the dedicated "date" key is activated, the carrier remains at that position, and the current date is immediately printed. The carrier does not return automatically after printing the current date. During invocation of this function, Automatic Carrier Return rules will not apply to prevent the date from being spl...