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Tab Formatting in Columns

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000075631D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rogers, WF: AUTHOR

Abstract

In the prior art, as illustrated in Fig. 1, the recording and playout of formatted columnar material is accomplished, by setting tabulation positions for the begin and end point of each column.

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Tab Formatting in Columns

In the prior art, as illustrated in Fig. 1, the recording and playout of formatted columnar material is accomplished, by setting tabulation positions for the begin and end point of each column.

With this system, fewer tabulation settings are required and text, tabs, and variable-space codes are keyed relative to flush points which are established by the setting of tabulation positions for recording and playout. Flush points are selected to accommodate formats, such as flush left, flush right, center, etc., and these formats, in most instances, will involve only one set tabulation position to serve as a reference for the keying of text and variable-space codes. A variable- space code (VSC) is a code indicating that all normal spaces in a line or column entry will be treated as fixed, nonexpandable spaces, and the entire residue will be absorbed by the variable-space code. For example, as shown in Fig. 2, when a printer carrier is positioned at the first flush point on the left and the material is to be flushed left, text is keyed. Thereafter, for flushed right material, a variable- space code is keyed, followed by the keying of text. In this instance a variable- space code can be keyed, without tabbing, immediately after the flush left text has been keyed. For centering, and as illustrated in Column 3 of Fig. 2, two flush points are used with variable-space codes being keyed on either side of the text. If a number of columns on a particul...