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Method to Vary the Size of a Table

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000064487D
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 processing system to vary the size of a table by providing attributes for the number of rows and columns. Typical spreadsheet applications define a spreadsheet to be of a maximum fixed number of cells, e.g., 1000 by 1000 cells. In order to bring a portion of the spreadsheet into a composite document where objects of different types may reside on the same page, the operator must first electronically cut the data out of the spreadsheet and electronically paste the data into the document. If the operator's intention was to only use a 4 by 5 table for the data, the operator could not allocate only those needed cells. The new method provides attributes of the table which allow the operator to define how big the table is when created in-line within the document.