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Index Function for Word Processing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000088576D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baker, CB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This index function for a word processing system provides an efficient method for operator review of numerous jobs on a large bulk storage medium, such as a diskette. The function includes three features: (1) the capability to view all job titles and corresponding job identifier letters on a visual display associated with the system; (2) the capability to provide a printed copy of this displayed information, or in the case of a system not having a printer, a copy of the displayed information recorded on magnetic cards; and (3) the ability to delete any job from the diskette.

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Index Function for Word Processing System

This index function for a word processing system provides an efficient method for operator review of numerous jobs on a large bulk storage medium, such as a diskette. The function includes three features: (1) the capability to view all job titles and corresponding job identifier letters on a visual display associated with the system; (2) the capability to provide a printed copy of this displayed information, or in the case of a system not having a printer, a copy of the displayed information recorded on magnetic cards; and (3) the ability to delete any job from the diskette.

Gathering all of this information at the time the index function is selected or during the actual execution of a job would be time consuming and inconvenient to the operator, since considerable time would be spent in diskette accessing. Instead of the real-time accumulation of this index data, the data is formatted in advance of the selection of the index function and maintained in a buffer. The buffer is built during the power-on sequence and is updated at the conclusion of any task. Thus, accessing of the diskette for maintenance of this buffer is done when other diskette accessing is occurring for other reasons and, therefore, costs the operator very little time or additional track stepping.

When a job is deleted, this buffer is updated accordingly. For outputting this listing to a printer or magnetic card, the entire buffer can be outputted withou...