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Selection Property Copying, Spanning Any Number of Property Changes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114157D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Binh, N: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A method is disclosed for taking the properties applied to a given area of an object, and putting them into the clipboard as a whole set. The user can then take that set of property information and proportionally apply those properties to a new area of another object. For example, A (Large font, outside ruler) B (Medium font, middle ruler) C (small font, inside ruler) D (Large font, outside ruler)

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Selection Property Copying, Spanning Any Number of Property Changes

      A method is disclosed for taking the properties applied to a
given area of an object, and putting them into the clipboard as a
whole set.  The user can then take that set of property information
and proportionally apply those properties to a new area of another
object.
  For example,
     A (Large font, outside ruler)
            B (Medium font, middle ruler)
                     C (small font, inside ruler)
      D (Large font, outside ruler)

      If  a  user  copies this section to the clipboard, the proposed
algorithm notes that there are four changes, from the large font  and
outside  ruler  to  the medium font, middle ruler, to the small font,
inside ruler, to the large font, outside ruler.  The algorithm  takes
this and determines that the algorithm to be applied on paste is that
the  first fourth of the data is to have the first change, the second
fourth is to have the second change, the third is to have  the  third
change, and the fourth is to have the fourth change.

      Suppose  that  a  user  also has the following set of data, and
that they have now selected this at this time:
  One
  Two
  Three
  Four
  Five
  Six
  Seven
  Eight

      A user now selects Paste properties from the appropriate  menu.
The  previous settings are copied with their relative proportions and
changes to the new selection.  This results in the following:
      One (Large font, outside ruler)
    Two (Large font, outside ruler)
           Three (Medium font, middle ruler)
           Four (Medium f...