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Field Definition During Context Edit Of A Map

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000066364D
Original Publication Date: 1979-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Metcalfe, J Malone, WA Temple, NJ [+details]

Abstract

When context editing of a map, used to define the layout of a screen, a special character may be used to specify the position of field boundaries (fieldmarks) and a further special character may be used to achieve proportional spacing of fields. It is fairly easy for the user of an editor to decide on the starting point of a field; however, the ending position is more difficult since the user often knows the length required for the field rather than its ending position. Positioning the ending fieldmark normally involves counting blanks, an error-prone process. This article describes a technique to facilitate the process.