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Formation of Graphics on a Character by Character Display From a Menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041549D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Robertson, DB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The present apparatus relates to word processing systems having interactive display terminals, and more particularly to such systems with terminals having "character box displays", i.e., displays which form the alphanumeric characters through the generation of such characters in "character boxes" on the display and printers which print on a character by character basis. Most conventional word processing systems with interactive display terminals generally operate the display terminal as a character generation or "character box" display.

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Formation of Graphics on a Character by Character Display From a Menu

The present apparatus relates to word processing systems having interactive display terminals, and more particularly to such systems with terminals having "character box displays", i.e., displays which form the alphanumeric characters through the generation of such characters in "character boxes" on the display and printers which print on a character by character basis. Most conventional word processing systems with interactive display terminals generally operate the display terminal as a character generation or "character box" display. In such a display, an encoded representation of each of a font of characters is stored in a character generator memory, and as each character is to appear on the display during each display refresh cycle, the character generator memory is addressed and the coded representation of that particular character is taken from the memory and displayed in a particular and designated "character box" on the display. The present expedient is particularly directed to the general concept of forming graphic materials on a display workstation through the use of menus, i.e., the operator selects certain parameters from the menu in response to certain basic questions by the processor. With the parameters thus developed, the system goes on to automatically create the desired graphics. The menu construction of graphics on a display in accordance with the present invention is formed...