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Selection of Document Via Selection List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042443D
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Document File: 4 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Aiken, JA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The present method allows an operator of a word processing system to select one or more documents from a selection index without keying the entire document names. On many word processing systems, documents are selected by the operator according to a document name. This name may be many characters long. On some of these systems, the document name must be typed each time the document is selected for duplication, for deletion, and so on. Unless the document was the last one revised, the name must also be typed to select the document for revision. Naturally, the name must be typed the first time the document is created. On the present word processor, operators may use Alphanumeric, Katakana, Hiragana, or Kanji characters to name a document.

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Selection of Document Via Selection List

The present method allows an operator of a word processing system to select one or more documents from a selection index without keying the entire document names. On many word processing systems, documents are selected by the operator according to a document name. This name may be many characters long. On some of these systems, the document name must be typed each time the document is selected for duplication, for deletion, and so on. Unless the document was the last one revised, the name must also be typed to select the document for revision. Naturally, the name must be typed the first time the document is created. On the present word processor, operators may use Alphanumeric, Katakana, Hiragana, or Kanji characters to name a document. If Kanji is selected, the operator must use Kana-Kanji conversion in order to specify the Kanji name. This may take many keystrokes per character of document name, and would be very inefficient and time-consuming to type to select the document each time for revision, duplication, and so on. Many word processing systems feature an Index of Diskette Contents that can be selected at any time. This index displays a list of the documents on the diskette. If there are more documents than will fit in one display screen, control keys allow the operator to display other screens (frames) of documents. As an example, if there are 27 documents on the diskette, the first frame may display documents 1-12, the second frame may display documents 13-24, and the final frame may display documents 25-27. For systems which require direct operator keying of document names for selection of a document, if the operator cannot remember the name of the desired document, the operator must first select Display Index of Diskette Contents, locate the desired name, remember or note the name, end the Requests tasks, and then type the document name when requested. For creation of a new document, there is no way to avoid keying the document name. The method of selecting documents on the present word processor addresses the case of selecting one or more existing documents. The concept of a list of documents is extended to cover selection as well as information display. There are two cases of document selection for an existing document on the present word processor: single-document operations, such as Revise Document and Print Document, and multiple-document operations, such as Copy Document, Move Document, or Delete Document. The operations are similar, but not exactly the same, and they will be described separately. Single-Document Operations For single-document operations on many word processing systems, the method of specifying the document is to respond to prompts on a Prompt line. The operator must first type the document name, press ENTER, type the diskette name, and finally press ENTER. For the present word processor, the method is a little different. When the operator must select a doc...