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Showing First Lines of Each Object and Page-Breaks in an Editor-Formatter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061772D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Prager, JM: AUTHOR

Abstract

A text display system is provided with a 'reduced' mode in which an editor-formatter will display only the first lines of paragraphs (or equivalent height of non-text objects) and page-breaks. The user will be given commands, for example, SHOW REDUCED and SHOW NORMAL, to put the system into and out of this mode. In the reduced mode, no spacing (e.g., spacing between objects, inter-line spacing in double-spaced paragraphs) and no part of the top and bottom page margins (e.g., headers and footers) will show. These objects and properties continue to exist, but their display is suppressed. Any pointing-based operations that the editor normally allows on text-objects can still be used, and with the same effect, on the text that shows.

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Showing First Lines of Each Object and Page-Breaks in an Editor-Formatter

A text display system is provided with a 'reduced' mode in which an editor- formatter will display only the first lines of paragraphs (or equivalent height of non-text objects) and page-breaks. The user will be given commands, for example, SHOW REDUCED and SHOW NORMAL, to put the system into and out of this mode. In the reduced mode, no spacing (e.g., spacing between objects, inter-line spacing in double-spaced paragraphs) and no part of the top and bottom page margins (e.g., headers and footers) will show. These objects and properties continue to exist, but their display is suppressed. Any pointing- based operations that the editor normally allows on text-objects can still be used, and with the same effect, on the text that shows. The advantage of this scheme is that much more text can be scanned and manipulated on a screen without scrolling, than without this scheme. For example, suppose that an average page shows as 60 lines, consisting of top and bottom margins 3 lines each, and 9 paragraphs of 5 lines, separated by 1 line (making 8 separator lines) and one horizontal line representing the page-break. Then in the reduced mode, only the nine first lines of the paragraphs will show, plus the page- divider, making 10. This results in a reduction of 6:1, meaning that a 40-line screen can go from displaying 2/3 page to displaying 4 pages simultaneously. In the reduced mode, scrolling command...