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Multiple References to Non-Text Objects Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040765D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02

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Gentry, AV Gentry, ML Kendrick, MR Ransom, JR Sheppard, RK [+details]


In a text processing system, business graphs, draw graphs, images, and audio objects are referred to as Non-Text Objects. Text functions, such as block copy, can result in more than one control referencing the same non-text object. A method is described which allows for multiple references to non-text objects. This is preferable to one which creates redundant copies of the same non-text object. The method enhances performance and optimizes a document's size. In accordance with the new method, the user creates an original graphic non-text object by selecting the Graphics function while in text typing. Control is passed to one of the Graphics Editors which handles editing of the graph or image. After the graph or image is complete, the system returns to text typing.