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Method to Text Process the Include of a Non-Text Object As a Paragraph

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039756D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cuan, V: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described to allow the Include of a Non-Text Object (INTO) to be processed by traditional text processes, such as Paginate, Display, and Print. The INTO control will have a horizontal and vertical dimension (in inches) as some of its parameters. This is based on the view that a Non-Text Object is a rectangular picture. The horizontal dimension begins at the left margin and spans as far to the right as required. The vertical dimension begins at the INTO position and spans down as far as required. This rectangular picture is not stored with the text. The INTO is stored with the text and contains the dimensions of the rectangle.

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Method to Text Process the Include of a Non-Text Object As a Paragraph

A method is described to allow the Include of a Non-Text Object (INTO) to be processed by traditional text processes, such as Paginate, Display, and Print. The INTO control will have a horizontal and vertical dimension (in inches) as some of its parameters. This is based on the view that a Non-Text Object is a rectangular picture. The horizontal dimension begins at the left margin and spans as far to the right as required. The vertical dimension begins at the INTO position and spans down as far as required. This rectangular picture is not stored with the text. The INTO is stored with the text and contains the dimensions of the rectangle. In accordance with the new method the INTO control is treated as if it was a paragraph, surrounded by Begin/End Keeps, with physical dimensions identical to that of the Non-Text Object itself (the "rectangular picture"). The paragraph property means that Print, Display, Pagination, Line Adjust, and text edit can all process the INTO control by a set of rules that are established and well understood. There is no learning curve for the programmers and a minimum of new code to the programs themselves. The paragraph property also means that text in front of (above) the INTO must be presented (by display/print) in front of (above) the "rectangular picture" which the INTO represents. As new text is inserted in front of the INTO, the "rectangular picture" is pushed down farther into the document. In presentation terms, this means pushed down farther on the page...