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Method and Apparatus for Automatic Character Line Fill of Decimal Fields

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106193D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

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 Decimal Fields

      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

      Bill would like to quickly fill in the salary fields, but his
typing slows down considerably when he has to enter the decimal point
and the two trailing zeroes that will need to be typed for each
entry.  He needs an automatic way to fill this field with a
subsequent string of '.00'.

      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 after the characters typed by the
user.  In the above example, Bill just presses the function key to
initiate Auto-Fill (AF) mode, types each field, then turns off AF
mode.  The system automatically fills the characters after the typed
characters with a trailing '.00'.

      Substituted elements include large number syntax whereby the
user is also able to specify insertion of commas into large numbers;
e.g, automatically transforming '12345' into '12,345.00'.