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Terminal Program inserting 0-width commas in numbers

1. A terminal session program, like xterm or Gnome Terminal, that notices when five or more consecutive digits are being displayed, and automatically uses spare pixels above, below, or between the digits to indicate groups of three, starting from the right of the digits, like commas used in the US, or periods or other ticks marks used elsewhere in the world.

    Normal xterm: Before     With claim 1: After

2. The invention of Claim 1, in which every second or every third mark is distinguished in some way such as color or size or boldness or location, to make tick marks in large numbers easier to count.

3. The inventions of Claim 2, in which letters or other glyphs such as K, M, G, T, P, E, etc. are used in place of, or in addition to, the small commas or periods or tick marks, to make large numbers easier to understand.

4. Any of inventions in Claims 1, 2, or 3, in which decimal points in numbers are also recognized, and groups of three digits counting to the right of the decimal are also indicated, by any techniques in Claims 1, 2, or 3; including the use of letters or other glyphs such as k, m, u or μ, n, p, etc. to mark groupings of digits in the decimal.

5. The invention of Claims 1, 2, 3, or 4, in which white space between the digits is automatically adjusted, instead of or in addition to other marks being drawn, to indicate groupings of digits.

6. A Copy-and-Paste mechanism for a computer display that allows copying of numbers that might be displayed with groupings as in claims 1 through 5, but pastes them without any grouping marks, so that such numbers may be pasted into programs such as bc or dc that do not understand any grouping indicators.

(* Then we need to rewrite all the so-called human-friendly software that truncates numbers and prints suffices like "75B" and "4T" (at a quick glance, which is bigger? is that Billion and Thousand?) *)


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