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Repeated Line Commands in a Word Processing Editor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047251D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Christenson, PJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This is a technique for permitting in a word processing environment on a data processing system the copying of data from a data list to produce carbon copies, distribution lists or lists of data, etc., which is normally not acceptable in a data processing system. The standard technique in a word processing environment for trying to achieve such copying functions is to position the cursor at the beginning of what is wanted to be copied and flag it by requesting a copy, moving a cursor to the end of what is wanted to be copied and pressing "ENTER" to flag that, and then locating the cursor at the target and pressing "COPY" a third time. In the data processing environment using line commands for copying a single line or a block of lines, the technique is improved because the line commands do not take as much cursor positioning.

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Repeated Line Commands in a Word Processing Editor

This is a technique for permitting in a word processing environment on a data processing system the copying of data from a data list to produce carbon copies, distribution lists or lists of data, etc., which is normally not acceptable in a data processing system. The standard technique in a word processing environment for trying to achieve such copying functions is to position the cursor at the beginning of what is wanted to be copied and flag it by requesting a copy, moving a cursor to the end of what is wanted to be copied and pressing "ENTER" to flag that, and then locating the cursor at the target and pressing "COPY" a third time. In the data processing environment using line commands for copying a single line or a block of lines, the technique is improved because the line commands do not take as much cursor positioning. The line commands on current data processing editors do not, however, address selected items from a list that are desired to be copied. It is desirable to have the technique sufficiently flexible so that it could be useful for other problem areas in editing, such as being able to copy an item to multiple locations or when copying something, decide at the target how many copies of an item, such as blank lines, were needed.

The disclosed technique involves the concept of repeated operations.

The operator tells the editor this is a repeated operation, and the editor does not cancel the operation until it is told to do so. Fig. 1 represents a display of an example of copying some data base data from a split edit display into a document. The user keys copy line commands "C" on the items to be copied and an after repeat "AR" command on the target. Notice that the edi...