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Ruler Bar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121160D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gross, BP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a computer-generated ruler bar designed to assist a clerk in working with documents on computer image workstations.

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Ruler Bar

      Disclosed is a computer-generated ruler bar designed to assist
a clerk in working with documents on computer image workstations.

      In a traditional office with paper file folders, clerks have a
multitude of tools available to keep track of their position on a
page as they do their work. One common method is the placement of a
ruler on the physical page. With the advent of computer- based image
systems, this is no longer practical as it is very difficult to use a
plastic ruler on a computer screen.

      This disclosure solves the problem by utilizing a
computer-generated ruler bar that the clerk is able to position on
the page at will as illustrated in the Figure which shows a typical
computer display screen.  The frame shows part of a typical image
with the ruler bar showing the highlighting and underlining
capabilities.

      The ruler bar is a horizontal bar that can be moved up and down
the page under operator control. The ruler bar is transparent which
enables underlying text to be visible when the ruler bar is
positioned on top of the text. In this way the ruler bar can function
as a highlight bar as well as the traditional method of locating text
above the ruler bar. There are many ways of implementing this ruler
bar (reverse video, high intensity, box, etc.). For illustration
purposes the Figure uses a ruler bar implemented with reverse video.

      The display screen which holds the image has a certain number
of horizont...