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Columnar Text Layout Revision

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061068D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Regnier, BA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is provided for enabling the user of a display terminal or work station attached to a computer system to revise the layout of columns of statistical data. No matter how sophisticated the layout algorithms are, it is almost a certainty that the users will need to revise that layout. The method provides column layout and editing functions. This method defines the column with traditional tab stops. The method rearranges the columns once they are keyed, or partially keyed and in need of rearrangement. The user initiates action by doing the following: -First, the user presses the "Column" command key. The editor then replaces the format change line with a scale line that shows where the tabs are located.

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Columnar Text Layout Revision

A method is provided for enabling the user of a display terminal or work station attached to a computer system to revise the layout of columns of statistical data. No matter how sophisticated the layout algorithms are, it is almost a certainty that the users will need to revise that layout. The method provides column layout and editing functions. This method defines the column with traditional tab stops. The method rearranges the columns once they are keyed, or partially keyed and in need of rearrangement. The user initiates action by doing the following: -First, the user presses the "Column" command key. The editor then replaces the format change line with a scale line that shows where the tabs are located. -If the user wants to delete a column, the cursor is moved to the tab stop character on the scale line and the user presses the delete key. A prompt is issued saying "Delete what, move cursor and press Enter?" This is the same prompt and keying sequence that is used to delete words, lines, sentences, and paragraphs, and is initiated by the same keys. The differences are that the user is in column mode and that the cursor must be on the scale line. -Copying and moving a column are done similarly. These operations allow the user to move columns around to facilitate the insertion of a new column, for example. Again, the technique for doing the copy and move is the same technique as copying and moving text within a document. The diff...