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Column Highlighting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046145D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shipp, KO: AUTHOR

Abstract

Column width information, which is automatically determined upon keying the contents of a column, is in turn used to highlight the column for block operations, such as delete, move, and copy, upon depression of a single key.

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Column Highlighting

Column width information, which is automatically determined upon keying the contents of a column, is in turn used to highlight the column for block operations, such as delete, move, and copy, upon depression of a single key.

In many readily available menu-driven keyboard/display word processing systems, defining tables and columns for highlighting purposes is tedious, time consuming, and fraught with problems. For example, marking the corners of a column by addressing the beginnings and ends of the first and last entries can result in partial highlighting if the first and last entries are of different widths or vary in width relative to other entries.

System updating of the column width portion of the column format for each wider entry entered eliminates operator attention and results in readily recallable data. Thereafter, when a block operation has been defined, the last width information entered provides the basis for highlighting upon keying to a menu.

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