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Linguistics Window Formatting Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042110D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beck, ER: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a function for spacially allocating the widely differing word lists to a display overlay window for linguistics assistance in a text processing system to produce the most understandable window content organization for the user to interact with. In text processing systems having dictionary assistance functions, such as spelling error assistance and synonym assistance, it is useful to display the system choices to the user for selection as an overlay of the system display screen. For the user to make a correct choice, it is frequently necessary to review the context in which the incorrect word was used. The problem is how best to display the system choices with minimum obstruction of the context words surrounding the incorrect word.

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Linguistics Window Formatting Function

This article describes a function for spacially allocating the widely differing word lists to a display overlay window for linguistics assistance in a text processing system to produce the most understandable window content organization for the user to interact with. In text processing systems having dictionary assistance functions, such as spelling error assistance and synonym assistance, it is useful to display the system choices to the user for selection as an overlay of the system display screen. For the user to make a correct choice, it is frequently necessary to review the context in which the incorrect word was used. The problem is how best to display the system choices with minimum obstruction of the context words surrounding the incorrect word. If the total collection of data associated with a single dictionary category is defined as a Logical Column and the total collection of data associated with a single physical vertical column within the overlay window is defined as a Physical Column, then a function for displaying the data in the overlay window in the least obstructive manner is derived as follows: 1) Let physical columns equal logical columns except for the "q" longest logical columns which are equally divided between two adjacent columns. If the logical column being divided consumes an odd number of lines, the leftmost resultant physical column receives the extra line. 2) Let physical columns equal logical c...