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A Method of Automatically Displaying Subscript Information with Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110698D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hoffman, H: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of quickly associating the offset or subscript of a specific character within a sequentially displayed string of characters.

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A Method of Automatically Displaying Subscript Information with Data

      Disclosed is a method of quickly associating the offset or
subscript of a specific character within a sequentially displayed
string of characters.

      When a range of subscripted data is displayed for examination,
a user would like an easy way to determine the exact offset or
subscript which goes with each data character.  This is particularly
true when a user examines large amounts of data, with each particular
piece of data containing only a few data characters of interest.  In
this case, the user needs to be able to quickly scan the data, note
which of the characters are of interest, and then determine the exact
offset or subscript of the interesting characters.

      An example of the normal presentation of such data is as
follows:
BIT_STRING = 010001000010010101000101010010101010000101010000001
              010000000

      Assuming that the 7th 1 bit from the right is the interesting
bit, the question is, what is its offset/subscript.  The normal
solution is to count the characters, which can take a lot of time or
lead to errors when large amounts of data must be examined.

      The solution described here is to present the data with the
offset/subscript information listed above the data.  The extra
offset/subscript information is presented in a multi-row
organization, with each row representing an order of magnitude higher
number.  An example follows...