Apparatus and method for supporting the implicit structure of freeform lists, outlines, text, tables and diagrams in a gesture-based input system and editing system

  • US 6,525,749 B1
  • Filed: 10/25/1996
  • Issued: 02/25/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A display-oriented graphical editing system which allows for inputting and editing of data in the form of informal scribbling in handwriting and sketches, and inputting and editing of ASCII characters, the system comprising:

  • a substantially uniformed unlined display;

    means for entering the data, which is unstructured freeform data, anywhere on said unlined display;

    wherein the structure of said displayed data is undetermined at the time of their entry;

    means for selecting an editing operation from among a plurality of editing operations to be performed on at least a portion of said displayed data, the editing operations capable of being performed including selectively editing of script, ASCII and diagrams;

    means for designating said portion of said displayed data as at least one particular data structure before performing said editing operation;

    wherein the at least one particular data structure of said selected portion of said displayed data may be changed after performing said editing operation; and

    means for performing said editing operation on said selected portion of said displayed data;

    wherein the operability of said editing operation is independent of the location of said selected portion of said displayed data, and said editing operations include line-wrapping of the script and ASCII characters entered on the unlined display when the one particular data structure is a text data structure.

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