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Method and Apparatus for Automatic Character Line Fill of a Currency Field

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105502D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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 spreadsheet:

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Method and Apparatus for Automatic Character Line Fill of a Currency Field

      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 spreadsheet:

   Name     Position     Monthly Salary
   ------   ----------   --------------
   John     Programmer
   Kay      Manager
   Ben      Programmer

      A user would like to quickly fill in the salary fields, but
typing slows down considerably when the dollar sign in front of each
amount has to be entered.  An automatic way to fill this field with a
preceding '$' is needed.

      This approach provides the user with a user-configured fill
mode, independent of the application being run, which will
automatically fill in user-defined characters before the characters
typed by the user.  In the above example, is necessary only to the
function key to initiate Auto-Fill (AF) mode, type each field, then
turn the AF mode off.  The system automatically fills the character
preceding the typed characters with a '$'.