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Point Size Depending On Number of Hours

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100620D
Original Publication Date: 1990-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Consider a computer calendar system which produces a printed calendar upon user request. To provide maximum utility, the size of the type used to print the pages should be chosen as large as possible. In most cases, the user is not experienced in the units of type-size needed by the computer programs which print the calendar pages. Specifically, to ask a typical user to enter the size of the type to use in "points" or other standard size unit, would be to ask a question the user could not answer, or could answer only after experimentation or trial and error.

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Point Size Depending On Number of Hours

       Consider a computer calendar system which produces a
printed calendar upon user request.  To provide maximum utility, the
size of the type used to print the pages should be chosen as large as
possible.  In most cases, the user is not experienced in the units of
type-size needed by the computer programs which print the calendar
pages.  Specifically, to ask a typical user to enter the size of the
type to use in "points" or other standard size unit, would be to ask
a question the user could not answer, or could answer only after
experimentation or trial and error.

      In the proposed method, the user is asked only to specify the
number of hours to print.  The computer program which generates the
printed page then calculates the optimum type size to use.  Refer to
Fig. 1.  This page is printed using 7-point type because the user
requested less than 10 hours be printed.  Refer to Fig. 2.  This page
is printed using 6-point type because the user requested more than 10
hours be printed.

      The proposed method is new in these ways:
      1.   Uses different type size to print a computer calendar
page.
      2.   Allows the user to select the size of the print type used.
      3.   Allows the user to select the type size in a unit with
which he or she is familiar and pertinent to the printing of
calendars, namely, the number of hours to print.

      The result of this method is a pri...