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Help Text With PC Line Character Figures for Host Translation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102149D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 4 page(s) / 101K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schloss, PC: AUTHOR

Abstract

Creating and editing line drawings using PC line characters on a system or editor that does not support PC character sets. Only three invariant characters are used to allow for translation of the drawing to multiple language versions.

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Help Text With PC Line Character Figures for Host Translation

       Creating and editing line drawings using PC line
characters on a system or editor that does not support PC character
sets.  Only three invariant characters are used to allow for
translation of the drawing to multiple language versions.

      Fig. 1 shows an example of a line figure that contains all
supported characters.

      The solution only uses characters from the invariant character
set.  Otherwise, when the file is moved from English to any other
language for translation, the characters can change to different code
points.  The three invariant characters (", + and -) are used to
create the line figures in the source.  The double quote substitutes
for vertical bars, the minus is used for horizontal lines, and the
plus is used for the other characters.  If a plus or dash is desired
within the figure, &plus. and &minus. must be used for the + or -.

      The input shown in Fig. 2 created the example line figure shown
in Fig. 1.  Text can be located in any blank position.

      Fig. 3 shows how to determine which PC characters to use to
replace the source character when the file is built on the PC.  The
Xs represent any letter, number, or blank character.  The Xs are
passed through to the output unchanged.  The character being
converted is the character in the center.  The characters in the four
corners do not influence the selection of the center character.
However, t...