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Method of Execution Macro by Selecting Text of Wordprocessor Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117124D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Musashi, K: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of executing macros of wordprocessor application. The user need not write macro program and marks only wordprocessor text string and depresses "Executing Macro" button.

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Method of Execution Macro by Selecting Text of Wordprocessor Application

      Disclosed is a method of executing macros of wordprocessor
application.  The user need not write macro program and marks only
wordprocessor text string and depresses "Executing Macro" button.

      Conventional methods require the user to make and modify macro
program to execute the macro, which requires programming skills which
are difficult for most users.

      The subject invention introduces a new method of executing
macro of wordprocessor application.  The user marks the text part of
the wordprocessor and depresses "Executing Macro" button.  The result
of executing the macro is input the next line of marked text.
Depressing "Executing Macro" button triggers the macro program.  This
macro causes the following processes:
  1.  Checks the marked text.
  2.  Creates a macro program by the marked text on memory.
  3.  Invokes the above macro program.
  4.  Gets return value from the above macro program.
  5.  Moves the cursor to next line.
  6.  Inputs the return value.

      The other merit of this method is that it is easier for a user
to check and modify the text as opposed to the conventional one.
This decreases user mistakes.

      This method is applicable to other desktop applications such as
spreadsheet, drawing soft, database, personal tool, etc.  Most of
these applications support powerful macros, but in general, the user
hardly makes and modifi...