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Automatic Column Tab Rack Update

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051250D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shipp, KO: AUTHOR

Abstract

Tab stop Information associated with deleted, moved, copied or inserted columns is used to automatically update format control information for affected tables.

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Automatic Column Tab Rack Update

Tab stop Information associated with deleted, moved, copied or inserted columns is used to automatically update format control information for affected tables.

Defining columnar width with tab stops during input keying of a column or table is a required operation. This is so whether done automatically by the system, or done upon keying by the operator. Once defined and if stored, this information is readily available for use with later column functions, such as column delete, move, copy, and insert. A common practice is to store format information including columnar widths for a table along with the table. This format information is used by the system to cause a setting of column tabs in a tab rack to control printout or display of the table.

Avoidance of the heretofore tedious and time consuming practice of rekeying and updating table format information upon performing a column function is accomplished by causing the system, upon keying a column function, to scan the stored column width information for the affected column and update the format information for the affected table(s). For example, for deletion or insertion of a column, only an updating of the format information is required for the affected table. A column copy operation requires creation of format information for a table made up of the copied column. For a column move operation, both the "from" and "to" table format information must be updated. System additions in t...