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Chart Generation on Word Processor Display, Operator Assisting Screen

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041637D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Robertson, DB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In word processing systems, there has been a need to provide the operator with the capability of creating graphics, such as charts or graphs. On an all-points-addressable display system, the operator may create these through the expedient of a light pen. On other systems, particularly those which create the graphics through "character boxes", it is often convenient to create the graphics through a series of menus. At times, these menus may not be discernible to the operator. In order to assist the operator in understanding menus of available options in creating the graphs, the present expedient provides the operator with "help screens" which are produced upon the operator depressing a "request for help" key in the keyboard. In such a case, the options listed verbally in a particular menu are shown graphically on the screen.

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Chart Generation on Word Processor Display, Operator Assisting Screen

In word processing systems, there has been a need to provide the operator with the capability of creating graphics, such as charts or graphs. On an all-points- addressable display system, the operator may create these through the expedient of a light pen. On other systems, particularly those which create the graphics through "character boxes", it is often convenient to create the graphics through a series of menus. At times, these menus may not be discernible to the operator. In order to assist the operator in understanding menus of available options in creating the graphs, the present expedient provides the operator with "help screens" which are produced upon the operator depressing a "request for help" key in the keyboard. In such a case, the options listed verbally in a particular menu are shown graphically on the screen. By way of example, consider the case where the operator is creating graphics on the screen through the use of the menu shown in Fig. 1 for axis definition. With the axis definition menu of Fig. 1, the operator selects appropriate menu values or parameters which will permit him to construct a vertical bar graph or chart. If the operator does not understand the available options or parameters offered in the menu of Fig. 1, he may access aid through a menu request which will display the "help screen" shown in Fig. 2 which helps him in understanding the terminology in the axis...