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Creating In-Line Objects Within an Integrated Editing Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043962D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barker, BA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Different types of objects are easily and automatically created in a single document by selecting the object type from a CREATE pop-down panel and then pointing to a location in the document. In a document-editing environment, it is desirable to create other than text objects without having to leave the document-editing session. Most editors that allow different object types, such as graphs, spreadsheets, etc., to exist concurrently with text require that these objects be created in a separate application window, placed in a buffer, and then pasted into the document at the desired location. To use these editors, one must have a technical understanding of more than one application, and must learn a detailed method in order to create a document-containing text, graphics and spreadsheets.

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Creating In-Line Objects Within an Integrated Editing Environment

Different types of objects are easily and automatically created in a single document by selecting the object type from a CREATE pop-down panel and then pointing to a location in the document. In a document-editing environment, it is desirable to create other than text objects without having to leave the document- editing session. Most editors that allow different object types, such as graphs, spreadsheets, etc., to exist concurrently with text require that these objects be created in a separate application window, placed in a buffer, and then pasted into the document at the desired location. To use these editors, one must have a technical understanding of more than one application, and must learn a detailed method in order to create a document-containing text, graphics and spreadsheets. By providing a method within an application to allow an operator to create text, graphics and spreadsheets dynamically, the editor has given the operator a mechanism to design and develop highly complex, compound documents easily and effortlessly. To create any type of object, the operator first selects a CREATE action from the system command bar. A pop-down panel is present with an entry for each object that can be created. The operator selects an object and then a location. An icon representation of the object is placed at the location. The operator then creates the object data next to the icon. For text, this imp...