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Display of Graphs and Charts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041506D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Convis, DB Crane, WM Crehan, DT Karnes, RE [+details]

Abstract

The mere conversion of numeric data values into bar, pie and line charts is not sufficient graphics support in today's highly competitive word processing display technology. One of the foremost requirements is an ability to draw rectilinear line drawings, such as organization charts, circuit diagrams, floor plans, etc., and integrate them with textual information. The apparatus disclosed here allows the user to construct free-form rectilinear charts, such as organization charts, using today's restricted hardware. a blank screen and to allow him, by pressing a key, to toggle into and out of a 'cursor draw mode'. While in this mode, use of the normal cursor movement keys not only moves the cursor but leaves a trailing line.