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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046350D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Douglas, GL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Management of record preparation is improved by displaying the number of keyable characters remaining in a fixed-length record.

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Management of record preparation is improved by displaying the number of keyable characters remaining in a fixed-length record.

Operator flexibility in preparing a file with keyboard/display word processing systems has been increased significantly during the last few years. Drawbacks, such as fixed record lengths, still exist, though. For example, if the total number of keyable characters for all fields combined is 1000, not only can the usefulness of a file be somewhat limited, excessive planning can also be required. This can call for extensive abbreviation in order that essential information not be omitted. From an operator standpoint, planning causes efficiency to be seriously impacted. This impact is compounded when preparation of multi-line text, such as a comment, which is a part of a record, is to be included as part of the file.

Consider a 50-field file with each field width being 19 characters. There remain 50 characters for the addition of two more 19-character fields, but a third 19-character field cannot be created since the 1000-character maximum will be exceeded. By displaying the remaining available characters (31 remaining after the first new 19-character field and 12 remaining after the second new 19- character field), the operator can visually observe the amount of remaining space. In this case one 12-character field would bring the total to exactly the 1000- character maximum.

Displaying the number of keyable characters re...