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DOCUMENT Composition Instructions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061054D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 3 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kramer, TL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is provided for a user of a computer terminal or workstation to enter document composition instructions whereby the user is able to see the resolved instruction and is also able to modify the source. This method uses a menu approach. For new users, the menu approach allows for a friendly learning technique over the range of document composition commands that are available. The following two displays are examples of these menus. (Image Omitted) If the user selects Option 3, the date instruction, the following display will be presented: (Image Omitted) After the user selects the desired options and presses Enter, the menu disappears and the date instruction is inserted into the document. This instruction will begin with a special character that cannot be keyed directly.

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DOCUMENT Composition Instructions

A method is provided for a user of a computer terminal or workstation to enter document composition instructions whereby the user is able to see the resolved instruction and is also able to modify the source. This method uses a menu approach. For new users, the menu approach allows for a friendly learning technique over the range of document composition commands that are available. The following two displays are examples of these menus.

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If the user selects Option 3, the date instruction, the following display will be presented:

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After the user selects the desired options and presses Enter, the menu disappears and the date instruction is inserted into the document. This instruction will begin with a special character that cannot be keyed directly. This special character is an indication that the editor understands this to be an instruction. There is a further indication in an Audit Window; note that on line 1 of the display there is an indication of an instruction. In the display example, note the prompt for "Display Length". This prompt allows the user to specify how much of the instruction will be displayed. This technique allows multiple instructions to be keyed on one line, where the instructions may be longer than the resultant printed copy, an important concept for columnar alignment. Whenever the user locates the cursor under this special character, the Workstation Controller, using a special text assist feature, displays the Audit Window showing that an instruction is understood by the editor.

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In the following example, the user keys in the date instruction directly by keying in ".date".

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The user presses Enter after keying the date command and is given the same feedback...