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Implementation of a Block Save/Recall Function to Expand Word-Processing Capability

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042407D
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 14K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Adam, TL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In some word-processing systems, such as the IBM Displaywriter, the preparation of lengthy documents can be quite time-consuming because of certain limitations in moving blocks of text. This article proposes implementation of a Block Save/Recall function to solve these limitations in a manner consistent with word-processor Block Move, Copy, and Delete functions, such as those found in the Displaywriter. In the current implementation of certain word-processing systems, moving blocks of text to a later point in a document which is being created or edited can be an inconvenient and somewhat time-consuming process; for example, the operator typically must immediately scroll through a large body of text in order to effect the block-move operation.

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Implementation of a Block Save/Recall Function to Expand Word- Processing Capability

In some word-processing systems, such as the IBM Displaywriter, the preparation of lengthy documents can be quite time-consuming because of certain limitations in moving blocks of text. This article proposes implementation of a Block Save/Recall function to solve these limitations in a manner consistent with word-processor Block Move, Copy, and Delete functions, such as those found in the Displaywriter. In the current implementation of certain word- processing systems, moving blocks of text to a later point in a document which is being created or edited can be an inconvenient and somewhat time-consuming process; for example, the operator typically must immediately scroll through a large body of text in order to effect the block-move operation. These and similar difficulties arise because several functions are not currently permitted: (1) A user of the system cannot define multiple blocks of text to be moved (i.e., movement of only a single block at one time is presently allowed); (2) blocks cannot be moved between different documents (i.e., between separate files on a storage disk); and (3) the user cannot continue to perform intermediate editing tasks once a block manipulation operation has been initiated. A solution to these limitations can be implemented which not only eliminates all three problems but does so in a manner totally compatible with other Block operations -- e.g., Move, Copy, or Delete Block -- currently available on word-processors, such as the Displaywriter. These results can be obtained through modifications to the software of the word- processor. Specifically, the coded GET key can be defined to become the SAVE key. By implementing such a redefinition, substantial improvements in function could be realized, as follows: Pressing the MOVE/COPY key would cause the system to prompt "MOVE WHAT?" or "COPY WHAT?". At this point, the user would define the block to be Moved/Copied by utilizing the same mechanism...