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Tab/Margin Selection Bar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103274D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kerr, LL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a method for changing/setting tabs and margins by positioning the tab grid within the text.

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Tab/Margin Selection Bar

      Described is a method for changing/setting tabs and margins by
positioning the tab grid within the text.

      A means is provided by which the tab grid could be selectable
from a pull-down and be positioned anywhere in the text instead of a
static line at the top of the page. In a windowing environment, many
times the tab grid is covered up by another window or a dialog box.
The user cannot easily line up the tab positions and is forced to
rely on counting spaces and constantly looking up at the grid to
check the position of the cursor.  If the tab grid could be moved to
any position by direct manipulation and placed on top of a line in
the text, then the user could click on the numbers in the tab grid to
set tabs and not have to enter numbers in a menu for tab positions
which is a very old method but still used by most word processors.

      The advantage is that the tabs/margins can be set dynamically
by the user with the tab grid right in line with the text for easy
reference.  This allows the format of a document to be changed easily
and quickly alleviates time-consuming counting of spaces and
"spot-checking" the position of the cursor while changing tabs.

      Disclosed anonymously.