Emulation of Imbedded Attributes on Displays
Original Publication Date: 1985-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
A family of displays is not capable of having attributes (highlighting, underscoring, etc.) within a field. A way of providing such attributes was obtained by having display screens exist in two states: one for viewing of attributes and one for modification of attributes. Emulation of imbedded attributes on the display is indicated by the flowchart. A screen with imbedded attributes will exist on the display in one of two states: 1) display state and 2) alter state. In display state, the user can see where the attributes are and their effect on the data being displayed. Since the attributes actually define new fields, the attributes cannot be altered or moved when in display state. Display state can be entered only from alter state by a predefined aid key and will return to alter state when any aid key is received.