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Method and Apparatus for Automatic Application-Independent Line Fill

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106172D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

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 this entry is displayed on Bill's electronic calendar:

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Method and Apparatus for Automatic Application-Independent Line Fill

      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 this entry is displayed
on Bill's electronic calendar:

   8:30 AM  10:00 AM  Meeting:    Quality Roundtable
                      Requester:  Bob Jones
                      Location:   33A

      Bill would like to quickly make a note on this entry reminding
him to be sure to take Ann to this meeting with him.  He would like
to right-justify this note on the first line, so that it stands out
when this daily calendar is viewed.  He quickly cursors to the
desired location and types in "Take Ann" as follows:

   8:30 AM  10:00 AM  Meeting:    Quality Roundtable            Take
Joe
                      Requester:  Bob Jones
                      Location:   33A

      He leaves the calendar, and the next time he views this day, it
appears as follows:

   8:30 AM  10:00 AM  Meeting:    Quality RoundtableTake Joe
                      Requester:  Bob Jones
                      Location:   33A

      After analyzing this strange looking meeting for a few seconds,
Bill realizes that when he...