PC Composite Screen Display
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
This article describes a technique to build multiple screen images that have some common components by allowing the user to predefine display screen elements in American Standard Code for Information Interchange ASCII files. In applications that require large numbers of display images, storing each panel in a BSAVE format (using 16K bytes of space) becomes impractical due to constraints from the storage device. When the images have numerous common elements, saving entire discrete screens becomes untenable. Using a shorthand descriptor definition, individual image components may be defined using an ASCII editor. The files created by the editor (or an interactive tool designed to create the same component definition files) totally describe an image component, yet typically are less than 500 bytes in length.