Browse Prior Art Database

Method and Apparatus for Automatic Character Line Fill of a Striped Area

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104760D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Depending upon the application, users have no generic way of automatically filling a portion of a typed line with a particular character or digit, so actual output is often quite different from the expected results. For example, suppose these entries are displayed on Bill's report:

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 90% of the total text.

Method and Apparatus for Automatic Character Line Fill of a Striped Area

      Depending upon the application, users have no generic way of
automatically filling a portion of a typed line with a particular
character or digit, so actual output is often quite different from
the expected results.  For example, suppose these entries are
displayed on Bill's report:

Name     Position     SS No.
------   ----------   -----------
John     Programmer
Kay      Manager
Ben      Programmer

      Bill would like to quickly make a note on this entry reminding
his employees that they need to fill in their social security
numbers.  To make this requirement obvious on the report, Bill would
like to place fill the 10-character social security number field with
lower case x's.  The problem is that this will require typing 10 x's
for each employee.  He needs an automatic way to fill this field with
x's.

      This system provides the user with a user-configured fill mode,
independent of the application being run, which will automatically
fill in user-defined characters in a field on the screen, for a
user-defined area.  In the above example, Bill just presses the
function key to initiate Auto-Fill (AF) mode, uses the mouse to
swipe-and-type the field to be filled, and presses the desired letter
(lower case x).  The system automatically fills the field with ten
lower case x's.

      This system offers user-configured marking methods.  The user...