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Method to Define Punctuation Format and Begin/End Punctuation Format

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061503D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Morton, CA Pascoe, RA [+details]

Abstract

A method to provide punctuation of both arithmetic and character data within a Revisable Text Data Stream is described. Within a Revision Data Stream, data may be included from another source (i.e., data base) or may be generated by a Text control sequence. This data, whether arithmetic or character, may not have been stored with an appropriate presentation format. A monetary value, for instance, may only be stored in a file with an indication of where the decimal point should be located and an indication of its positiveness or negativeness. There are many other attributes that apply to the punctuation of both types of data. In accordance with the new method, these attributes are defined in the Define Punctuation Format (DPF) command.