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Interactive Paragraphing of Multiple Formats in a Word Processing Document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047249D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Christenson, PJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This is a procedure for resolving the problems associated with multiple paragraph formats for a document in a word processing environment on a data processing system. In general, an operator is able to change the margins of a paragraph and the changes will apply to the text up to the definition of the next formatting line. This technique becomes very tedious if there are multiple paragraph formats in a document. Most documents do have multiple paragraph formats and these formats, may be defined for use by any one of a number of terminals at a particular installation.

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Interactive Paragraphing of Multiple Formats in a Word Processing Document

This is a procedure for resolving the problems associated with multiple paragraph formats for a document in a word processing environment on a data processing system. In general, an operator is able to change the margins of a paragraph and the changes will apply to the text up to the definition of the next formatting line. This technique becomes very tedious if there are multiple paragraph formats in a document. Most documents do have multiple paragraph formats and these formats, may be defined for use by any one of a number of terminals at a particular installation. To resolve the problem associated with multiple paragraph formats, the following functions must be available: (a) to assign formats to data already keyed as unformatted or keyed in a different format, (b) to use the definition of formats provided in a master document, (c) to support a large number of different paragraph formats with a very flexible definition including, for example, reversed indentation, and, (d) the ability to change a format definition and have all of the paragraphs of that format change correspondingly. It must be possible to assign paragraph formats to text as it is keyed or to be able to assign the formats later. As shown in the display of Fig. 1, there are two paragraphs and both are assigned paragraph format "1". This is denoted by putting a highlighted number in the left margin which is actually a line command keying area. A number there signifies that the editor recognizes this as a paragraph, and it follows the definition of that format. If the operator does something to the text so that it doesn't follow the format any more, the editor will drop the assignment and the number will be re...