Specification of Line Segments Within a Text Process
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
A method is described which provides for the specification of a line segment (rules) within an all-points-addressable text data stream without having to specify the individual characters which make up the line segment. There are many text applications which require line segments to be drawn to highlight, group, isolate, or otherwise emphasize text blocks. Examples of text processes which require lines are flow diagrams, organization charts, boxes around figures within text, table separators, and grid lines separating text blocks. Prior to this invention, lines were drawn in text applications in one of two ways. 1. Lines were simulated by specifying (keying or typing) sequences of character which were available to the text processor.