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Columnar Text Layout Revision

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061068D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Regnier, BA Wenz, DG Youngers, DN [+details]

Abstract

A method is provided for enabling the user of a display terminal or work station attached to a computer system to revise the layout of columns of statistical data. No matter how sophisticated the layout algorithms are, it is almost a certainty that the users will need to revise that layout. The method provides column layout and editing functions. This method defines the column with traditional tab stops. The method rearranges the columns once they are keyed, or partially keyed and in need of rearrangement. The user initiates action by doing the following: -First, the user presses the "Column" command key. The editor then replaces the format change line with a scale line that shows where the tabs are located.