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Text Movement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000085968D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Akin, JA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

During a text processing job it is occasionally necessary, due to either author-specified rearrangement or to footnote reference movement, to move a block of text to a different location on a page or to a different page. To inform a word processing system having text movement capability of the extent of the text block to be moved, the operator brackets the text in the following manner: (1) The cursor on a display device which displays the text is moved to the first text character of the text block to be moved, and a predetermined bracketing character is keyed at a keyboard associated with the system. (2) The cursor is then repositioned to the first text character following the block of text to be moved.

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Text Movement

During a text processing job it is occasionally necessary, due to either author-specified rearrangement or to footnote reference movement, to move a block of text to a different location on a page or to a different page. To inform a word processing system having text movement capability of the extent of the text block to be moved, the operator brackets the text in the following manner: (1) The cursor on a display device which displays the text is moved to the first text character of the text block to be moved, and a predetermined bracketing character is keyed at a keyboard associated with the system. (2) The cursor is then repositioned to the first text character following the block of text to be moved.

The text block to be moved is then rewritten into another storage area of the system. To retrieve the text block, the operator moves the cursor to the point at which the insertion is desired and keys a predetermined set of block reinsertion codes from the keyboard. An attempted initiation of text block retrieval when no text block has been identified, results in an operator message on the display that no text stored for movement can be found.

The operator is, therefore, provided with an easy method of identifying the block of text to be moved, a flexible means of storage and retrieval of the text block, and a straightforward method of accessing the place at which the text block is to be inserted. The text block must be at least one character in lengt...