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Improved Text Editor Command Entry on Unintelligent Display Stations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060582D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Naatz, DC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This invention provides easy access to Line Command Fields and removes the necessity of a command line on a Word Processing editor. Many existing text editors have the concepts of a command line for entering editor primary commands, and line-command fields for entering editor line-oriented commands. Frequently, an operator using a full-screen text editor wishes to move the cursor to a line-command field, enter a command, and return the cursor to the text at the location it was before the command was entered. Unless the operator specifically wants to enter a line command, the cursor should not enter the line-command fields. Cursor- motion keys such as New Line, Cursor Left, etc., should avoid these fields unless the cursor is already in them when they are pressed.

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Improved Text Editor Command Entry on Unintelligent Display Stations

This invention provides easy access to Line Command Fields and removes the necessity of a command line on a Word Processing editor. Many existing text editors have the concepts of a command line for entering editor primary commands, and line-command fields for entering editor line-oriented commands. Frequently, an operator using a full-screen text editor wishes to move the cursor to a line-command field, enter a command, and return the cursor to the text at the location it was before the command was entered. Unless the operator specifically wants to enter a line command, the cursor should not enter the line- command fields. Cursor- motion keys such as New Line, Cursor Left, etc., should avoid these fields unless the cursor is already in them when they are pressed. Pressing the Home key when the cursor is located in the text body (the area where a document is displayed for editing) causes the following functions to be performed: OE The current cursor position is saved. OE If the operator has line- command fields displayed on the screen, the cursor is moved to the first position of the line-command field on that line. - Any commands (both line and primary) can be entered in any line-command field. If the operator wishes to return to the text body to do some more keying, pressing the Home key again causes the cursor to be returned to the position saved in the first step. - If the operator wishes th...