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Method for Providing Automatic ASCII Source FILE Creation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059615D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gentry, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described to automatically generate an ASCII output file from the EBCDIC L3P document. The method provides an additional option on the "CREATE OR REVISE DOCUMENT" menu, as illustrated in Fig. 1. The new option allows the operator to select "Create ASCII File at END TASK" and to set the menu value to "Yes" or "No." If "Yes" is selected, then, when the operator presses the END TASK key, the L3P document is stored on the media, as it is usually, but the text will also be converted to ASCII and stored in a separate ASCII source file. If "Yes" is chosen for the "Create ASCII" option, then an additional menu will be presented after the "CREATE OR REVISE" menu has been successfully completed. This new menu, illustrated in Fig. 2, allows the operator to specify the name of the ASCII file.

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Method for Providing Automatic ASCII Source FILE Creation

A method is described to automatically generate an ASCII output file from the EBCDIC L3P document. The method provides an additional option on the "CREATE OR REVISE DOCUMENT" menu, as illustrated in Fig. 1. The new option allows the operator to select "Create ASCII File at END TASK" and to set the menu value to "Yes" or "No." If "Yes" is selected, then, when the operator presses the END TASK key, the L3P document is stored on the media, as it is usually, but the text will also be converted to ASCII and stored in a separate ASCII source file. If "Yes" is chosen for the "Create ASCII" option, then an additional menu will be presented after the "CREATE OR REVISE" menu has been successfully completed. This new menu, illustrated in Fig. 2, allows the operator to specify the name of the ASCII file. It also allows the operator to indicate that alignment controls, such as horizontal tabs, are to be resolved into an appropriate number of space characters. The "CREATE ASCII FILE" menu is presented with the file name defaulted to the data set name of the editing document but with an extension of .FIL. The menu option "Resolve Alignment Controls" allows the operator to choose between conversion of alignment controls, such as horizontal tabs, into spaces, or an equivalent ASCII control. Conversion to spaces is included since many compilers, etc., do not expect ASCII controls in an input file. If conversion is selected,...