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Interactive Display and Editing of Header and Footer Text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062628D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Horn, GR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described for use in a word processor to display a page of text including paper edges, header text in the top margin, and footer text in the bottom margin, and allow editing of the header or footer text in this context. Some word processing programs display the paper edges, header text, and footer text appropriately; however, the header and footer text is not edited as normal text, but is typed as a field in a separate panel. Other word processing programs provide full text editing capabilities for header and footer text; however, the context of the document is not displayed at the same time. The new method provides the user with optimal visual feedback while editing a document.

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Interactive Display and Editing of Header and Footer Text

A method is described for use in a word processor to display a page of text including paper edges, header text in the top margin, and footer text in the bottom margin, and allow editing of the header or footer text in this context. Some word processing programs display the paper edges, header text, and footer text appropriately; however, the header and footer text is not edited as normal text, but is typed as a field in a separate panel. Other word processing programs provide full text editing capabilities for header and footer text; however, the context of the document is not displayed at the same time. The new method provides the user with optimal visual feedback while editing a document. To achieve this, lines are drawn on the display to indicate the paper edges, and the header text and footer text are displayed where they are to print. When the cursor is moved to the top of a page (Start of Page key, Go To Page key, Start of Document key, etc.), the top paper edge is displayed as the first line of the text area on the screen, with header text displayed in the following lines. When the cursor is moved to the end of a page (End of Page key, End of Document key, cursor up from next page, etc.), the bottom paper edge is displayed as the last line of the text area on the screen if possible, with footer text displayed in the preceding lines. When the user selects the function to edit header (or footer) text,...