Tab and Free Key Alignment
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
An alignment characteristic is stored in an electronic hardware or software tab rack with each tab stop as the tab stop is set. Alignment characteristics, such as Left Align or Right Align, specify that the beginning or end, respectively, of the text field is to be aligned with the location of the tab stop at any time in the future that the operator causes the operating point in a text creation or editing operation to jump to the tab stop by entry of a TAB keystroke. Other alignment characteristics include Period Align and Comma Align, used primarily with the columnar alignment of numbers, and Center Align, used for centering text about the tab stop position.