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Method to Provide Variable-Height Rows in Tables

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000064485D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Hernandez, IH Machart, BH [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which permits the operator of an interactive system to create table layouts in which the height of the table rows may be selectively varied. Traditional spreadsheets which provide a fixed number of rows in a fixed one character height in the row does not allow the flexibility of allowing cells to be of variable height for any given row within the table. In accordance with the new method, a row attribute is provided which specifies how many characters high a row should be. If the operator specifies a row height of 5, then the height of the row will be 5 characters high. The height of the row is also a factor of the font size of the characters within a cell. This new method allows an operator to create non-traditional table layouts, such as is used in calendaring and dual-column text.