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Multi-Directional Copy/Append Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111610D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Current art allows the user to copy one object to another object, and the "append" parameter allows the copied file to be appended at the bottom of the target file in order to preserve the current contents of the target file. For example, the command "COPY ABC.TXT DEF.TXT /APPEND" causes ABC.TXT to be appended to the bottom of DEF.TXT. However, a method is needed to allow the copy and append function to append the copied file onto the target file at some other point than the bottom of the target file.

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Multi-Directional Copy/Append Function

      Current art allows the user to copy one object to another
object, and the "append" parameter allows the copied file to be
appended at the bottom of the target file in order to preserve the
current contents of the target file.  For example, the command "COPY
ABC.TXT DEF.TXT /APPEND" causes ABC.TXT to be appended to the bottom
of DEF.TXT.  However, a method is needed to allow the copy and append
function to append the copied file onto the target file at some other
point than the bottom of the target file.

      This system provides the user with the ability to copy and
append one object onto another object at a specified "edge" of the
target object which does not have to be the bottom edge.  The user
can issue any of the following commands:

          Copy and Append Left (

CAL

)

          Copy and Append Right (CAR)

          Copy and Append Top (CAT)

          Copy and Append Bottom (CAB)

      For example, suppose the contents of files A and B are as
follows:

          File A:   Revenue Breakdown
                       -------------------
                       Hardware   $266,000
                       Software    143,200
                       Other        21,650
                       --------   --------
                       Total      $430,850

          File B:  Net Earnings Breakdown
                      ----------------------
                       Hardware    $24,000
                       Software     26,500
                       Other         4,300
                       --------    -------
                       Total       $58,800

      Suppose now that the...