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Character by Character Displays, Merged Chart and Text Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041552D
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

Croes, RE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article 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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Character by Character Displays, Merged Chart and Text Documents

This article 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. With the development of the word processing technology, there is a need to have a word processing system capable of printing integrated chart or other graphic data and alphanumeric data in a single document. In currently available techniques, the alphanumeric information is formatted and edited on the display, with appropriate spacing being laid aside for the insertion of the graphic data which is customarily separately edited on the display. Then, before eventual printing,...