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Cell-Width Determination in a Table

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000063499D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Machart, BH McCaskill, RA Wang, JS [+details]

Abstract

One of the types of tables supported by a real-time multiple data editor is a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets are used to model information relationships based on calculations. The spreadsheet consists of a rectangular pattern of rows and columns, the intersection of a row and a column defining a cell. The value displayed in a cell may depend on a calculation based on a user-specified formula that in turn depends on the values displayed in other cells. When editing a spreadsheet, the user may want to display the formula for a given cell rather than the value. If the formula is larger than the cell size, the complete formula can not be displayed. The part of the formula which is displayed may, by accident, actually look complete even though part of it is missing.