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Tab and Free Key Alignment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000050048D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chukran, RE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

An alignment characteristic is stored in an electronic hardware or software tab rack with each tab stop as the tab stop is set. Alignment characteristics, such as Left Align or Right Align, specify that the beginning or end, respectively, of the text field is to be aligned with the location of the tab stop at any time in the future that the operator causes the operating point in a text creation or editing operation to jump to the tab stop by entry of a TAB keystroke. Other alignment characteristics include Period Align and Comma Align, used primarily with the columnar alignment of numbers, and Center Align, used for centering text about the tab stop position.

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Tab and Free Key Alignment

An alignment characteristic is stored in an electronic hardware or software tab rack with each tab stop as the tab stop is set. Alignment characteristics, such as Left Align or Right Align, specify that the beginning or end, respectively, of the text field is to be aligned with the location of the tab stop at any time in the future that the operator causes the operating point in a text creation or editing operation to jump to the tab stop by entry of a TAB keystroke. Other alignment characteristics include Period Align and Comma Align, used primarily with the columnar alignment of numbers, and Center Align, used for centering text about the tab stop position. When the text is output from the word processing host system to a printer, magnetic card, or communications adapter, the appropriate backspace or space codes are inserted into the text character stream to cause final output to occur in accordance with the alignment characteristic specified for each tab stop along the line. Since the backspace or space codes are not stored with the text in the host system, editing flexibility is greatly enhanced, should changes in the text be desirable before output.

A number of free key field alignment commands are also available for use by the operator which do not require the setting of a tab stop and its associated alignment characteristic. The particular free key field alignment command denotes a predetermined alignment characteristic at the ti...