Erasing Characters on a Cathode Ray Tube Screen
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Characters on a cathode ray tube (CRT) screen are erased by rewriting the message text in the screen's background color so that the message text does not appear on the CRT screen. To write text to a CRT screen of a personal computer (PC), the text and character attributes, such as underlining, highlighting, and the like, must be written to a special memory area of the PC with this special memory area being scanned by the PC hardware to create the screen display. When a text message/annunciator is to be erased from the CRT screen, the message text can be rewritten by specifying the background color, such as black, in a monochrome CRT screen. Thus, the same code that displayed the text, except for one statement to change the color, can be used to erase it. Accordingly, the attributes of the text need not be modified.