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Method to Perform String Block Operations That Automatically Maintain the Left Margin Space

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038393D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Pancoast, ST McConaughy, JM Woodbury, WG [+details]

Abstract

A method is described for users to maintain their left margin alignment during block moves and copies in a text processing type application. In the described method the block operations are character string oriented, in other words, when a block is marked, only the characters in the ASCII stream from the first to the last are included in the block. A block does not refer to a set of characters within a geometric area marked by opposite corners, as in some implementations of block operations. The implementation of block operations described allows the flexibility of specifying any size string of characters to be contained in the block. When moving or copying a paragraph, the tendency is not to include the left margin spacing of the first line.