Multi-Column File Listing Output
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
In order to generate a multi-column file listing in a word processing application, the operator is allowed to specify a shell document which contains a template for the following: 1. The column heading to be inserted at the top of each column on each page. 2. The record detail to be inserted for each record output. The heading and detail may contain constant text, and the detail may additionally contain variables which indicate that file data from a specific field is to be inserted. This creates a problem since the escapement of the right edge of a line of detail text may vary depending upon the length of the file data. If there are tab stops set to the right of a variable, it cannot be determined prior to resolution of the variable if the text right edge will precede or come after the tab stop.