Patents by Inventor Irene H. Hernandez

Irene H. Hernandez has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5021973
    Abstract: A method for use in an interactive data processing system which includes a processor for controlling data entered into said system from an input device, and a display device which functions to display a spreadsheet shell that is defined by an application program. Data is entered into said system interactively by an operator through an input device, such as a keyboard. The operator selects a cell of the spreadsheet in accordance with the type of cursor positioning mechanism provided in the system. Once a cell is selected, an editing cursor is displayed in the cell at a predetermined first entry position. As each character of data is entered, it is displayed in the cell, just as it was entered. The data is neither formatted nor calculated if it was a formula. The operator indicates to the system when data entry is complete, by pressing an "Accept" key which may be a dedicated key, preprogrammed key, or one of the function keys on the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Irene H. Hernandez, Beverly H. Machart
  • Patent number: 4974194
    Abstract: A method of managing the relationship between intermingled objects of different types for editing purposes. Management is through establishing separate and combined modes of operation. When a separate mode is selected, only a selected object will be affected by an edit action. When a combined mode is selected, selection of any object will result in all objects being affected by an edit action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara A. Barker, Irene H. Hernandez, Beverly H. Machart
  • Patent number: 4962475
    Abstract: A method for tailoring a master document to obtain a special document. The master document is made up of data objects and portions of the data objects. Included in the portions are pointers to corresponding data objects. The portions are windowed and displayed. Selection of a window will result in a view port being opened through the window into a corresponding data object. The data object can then be scrolled to obtain a desired portion to be included in the special document. As each desired portion is obtained, it is stored and becomes part of the special document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1990
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Irene H. Hernandez, Rex A. McCaskill
  • Patent number: 4815029
    Abstract: A method for the intelligent, in-line, dynamic editing of documents containing mixed object types on a computer work station is disclosed. The mixed object types may be text objects, draw graphics objects, business graphics objects, and tables objects. The editor executes actions on use selected objects and attributes based on internal knowledge of the object type selected rather than by explicit user commands. This procedure provides a simple user interface that makes manipulation of objects and attributes and command execution transparent to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Barbara A. Barker, Irene H. Hernandez, Beverly H. Machart
  • Patent number: 4739477
    Abstract: An application composite editor for compound documents containing not only text but also graphics and tables to facilitate the manipulation of object sets in the formatting algorithm. The editor works with a page layout philosphy wherein data objects reside on the page and data resides in the data objects. All pages reside within a document object, and some data objects may have additional objects within them. Objects are data-specific entities that the user can manipulate on the page. All objects exist within a specified boundary on the page, and this boundary is defined as an object set boundary. Object sets may be moved into positions on the page such that more than one object set is occupying a single displayable area on the page. Such an arrangement of objects creates a structure called a superblock. A superblock is any displayable area containing two or more objects sets positioned so that the object sets overlap one another, reside side-by-side or extend above or below one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Barbara A. Barker, Irene H. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 4723211
    Abstract: Improvements in an application composite eidtor for compound documents containing not only text but also graphics and tables facilitate the manipulation of object sets in the formatting algorithm. The editor works with a page layout philosophy wherein data objects reside on the page and data resides in the data objects. All pages reside within a document object, and some data objects may have additional objects within them. Objects are data-specific entities that the user can manipulate on the page. All objects exist within a specified boundary on the page, and this boundary is defined as an object set boundary. Object sets may be moved into positions on the page such that more than one object set is occupying a single displayable are on the page. Such an arrangement of objects creates a structure called a superblock. A superblock is any displayable area containing two or more object sets positioned so that the object sets overlap one another, reside side-by-side or extend above or below one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Barbara A. Barker, Irene H. Hernandez, Rex A. McCaskill
  • Patent number: 4723209
    Abstract: Improvements in an application composite editor for compound documents containing not only text but also graphics and tables facilitate the manipulation of object sets in the formatting algorithm. The editor works with a page layout philosophy wherein data objects reside on the page and data resides in the data objects. All pages reside within a document object, and some data objects may have additional objects within them. Objects are data-specific entities that the user can manipulate on the page. All objects exist within a specified boundary on the page, and this boundary is defined as an object set boundary. Object sets may be moved into positions on the page such that more than one object set is occupying a single displayable area on the page. Such an arrangement of objects creates a structure called a superblock. A superblock is any displayable area containing two or more object sets positioned so that the objects sets overlap one another, reside side-by-side or extend above or below one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Irene H. Hernandez, Barbara A. Barker, Beverly H. Machart
  • Patent number: 4714918
    Abstract: A method of, and system for, controlling a view of window information upon editing the information. The view is controlled based on mode selection. For normal information input operations, information scrolling is selected. Related existing information adjacent the newly input information will be viewable, but remote information will eventually be scrolled out of the window. For those instances where all existing information is to remain viewable upon input of additional information, border scrolling will result in a varying of the size of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara A. Barker, Irene H. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 4703321
    Abstract: A method for editing graphic objects in an interactive draw graphic system, in which the operator is allowed to select one of two editing modes which results in a graphic object being either redefined or remaining as is when a graphical editing action is applied only to a portion (sub-object) of the object. In the REDEFINE mode, the graphic editing action e.g., stretch, shrink, scale down, rotate, etc., applied to a sub-object results in the line segments of the object that are attched to the ends of the sub-object to be redrawn or "rubber-banded" as the sub-object is edited (moved). In the AS-IS mode only the sub-object is affected by the graphic editing action and the rest of the object is not altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara A. Barker, Irene H. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 4698624
    Abstract: A computer based word processor or text editor is provided with a technique for defining line unit spacing which is particularly useful in a multi-font environment. A pop-down panel showing a miniature vertical scale line is displayed for the user. Adjacent the scale line is a handle which the user can select with a cursor. When the handle is selected, it may be moved up or down the scale line to the desired line unit spacing, at which time the handle is deselected. A numeric display of line unit spacing is also provided, and this display is continuously updated as the handle is moved. If the handle is moved to the top or bottom of the scale line, the scale line is moved up or down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Barbara A. Barker, Irene H. Hernandez, Rex A. McCaskill
  • Patent number: 4686522
    Abstract: A method is described for editing graphic objects in an interactive draw graphic system which selectively displays a menu of available editing actions in response to operation of one mouse button by the operator and allows the operator to cursor select the specific edit action from the menu to be made active by operating a second mouse key. The operator may also cursor select the object to be edited by operation of the second mouse key. Once the editing action is selected and made active, the menu is hidden (not displayed) and the editing action remains active in the system until positive steps are taken by the operator to either terminate the edit function or change the active editing action. The operator, therefore, does not have to return to the selection process after each specific editing operation. The previous editing operation is implied for the next edit operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1987
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Irene H. Hernandez, Carol S. Himelstein, John S. Wang
  • Patent number: 4674040
    Abstract: A method of, and system for, merging a portion of one document into another and providing for current viewing and on line editing. During preparation of a document, a paragraph from another document can be included in the document being prepared by referencing the other document and paragraph. The result of referencing is inclusion of the paragraph, a view of the document being prepared, and a document including the included paragraph which is dynamically editable. If the paragraph is edited, an operator decision is to be made as to whether the other document is to be updated according to the editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara A. Barker, Irene H. Hernandez, Rex A. McCaskill
  • Patent number: 4674042
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for interactively manipulating a business chart as a group of draw graph objects. The chart is displayed using predefined data. A draw graph object of the business chart is selected for editing. When the editing action is completed, a check is made to determine whether the action on the business chart destroyed the relationship between the chart and the predefined data. If it did, a message is displayed to the operator indicating that the link between the chart and the data has been broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Irene H. Hernandez, Barbara A. Barker, Carol S. Himelstein, Beverly H. Machart
  • Patent number: 4674043
    Abstract: A method of updating business chart data by editing the business chart is disclosed. The chart is displayed using predefined data. A draw graph object of the business chart is selected for editing. When the editing action is completed, a check is made to determine whether the action on the business chart destroyed the relationship between the chart and the predefined data. If it did and if the user has selected the two-way editing mode, the predefined data is updated to reflect the edited chart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Irene H. Hernandez, Barbara A. Barker, Carol S. Himelstein, Beverly H. Machart
  • Patent number: 4663615
    Abstract: A method of, and system for, creating a document on a real time basis and providing a view of adjoining portions of the document. A data object is specified for creating a window on a display screen and data is input into the window. When the window has been filled with data, input of additional data will result in scrolling of the data, and the data will become larger than the window. Upon completion of the data object, the input data is stored, but a windows' worth of data continues to be displayed. When another data object is specified, another window is created on the screen for input of data. The operations are the same as with the first described window. As additional windows are created, the screen will become full. When this occurs, there will be a scrolling of the windows. As each data object is built, it is linked to the preceding data object. Upon completion of input to a window, the window is linked to a preceding window and to the data input into the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Irene H. Hernandez, Rex A. McCaskill, Barbara A. Barker