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Form Processing on a Character Generator Displaywriter Having No Overstrike Capabilities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046950D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dwire, JD: AUTHOR

Abstract

For filling out a form using a display system which incorporates a character generator system without overstrike capabilities, form 1 is displayed on the display during text entering. The text to be entered is displayed on a separate line 5 on the screen outside the area displaying the form, e.g., it is displayed in the top or bottom line of the screen for directing the text to the desired position inside the form. A freely movable indicator 6 is directed to that desired position. Optionally, a second indicator 7 in the textline 5 might be provided indicating the character to be altered and be moved synchronously with the first indicator. Ease of handling is assured by indicating at which position text is to be printed on the form after the text is edited.

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Form Processing on a Character Generator Displaywriter Having No Overstrike Capabilities

For filling out a form using a display system which incorporates a character generator system without overstrike capabilities, form 1 is displayed on the display during text entering. The text to be entered is displayed on a separate line 5 on the screen outside the area displaying the form, e.g., it is displayed in the top or bottom line of the screen for directing the text to the desired position inside the form. A freely movable indicator 6 is directed to that desired position. Optionally, a second indicator 7 in the textline 5 might be provided indicating the character to be altered and be moved synchronously with the first indicator. Ease of handling is assured by indicating at which position text is to be printed on the form after the text is edited. In displaywriter systems, the symbols are displayed and printed character-wise, i.e., each as a whole unit. Thus the text processor has a simple character generator display. That is, the characters are not composed out of discrete dots as in more sophisticated all-point-addressable systems. Therefore, it is not possible to overlay one kind of display, e.g., a form representation, with another display picture, e.g., a text representation, nor to overstrike those kinds of representations in the printing process. On the other hand, in the displaywriter it is possible to create, display and print business forms by using the symbols used for displaying and printing boxes. For example, Fig. 1 shows a screen picture of a displaywriter system displaying a busi...