Method to Provide Random Access to Reference Tabs
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
In text processing systems, the concept of tab stops is provided to allow specific inline positions to be accessed through simple key stroking. That is, a 'tab rack' is established which designates certain inline locations as tab stops. Then, through the use of a tab key (tab control in a text data stream), the next sequential tab stop is accessed for the following presentation. Advances in the tab 'technology' are: 1. Indent tabs, where the tab stop accessed by the indent tab key (or control) is continually accessed on successive lines of text until cancelled, and 2. Negative tabs, where the tab stop accessed is the next previous, rather than the next successive. However, tabbing has been a sequential manner.