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Enhanced Shift Key Usability

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033702D
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

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Abstract

Characters accessed by the shift key on a physical keyboard are accessed by navigating to a separate screen on software generated keyboards.

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Enhanced Shift Key Usability

Characters accessed by the shift key on a physical keyboard are accessed by navigating to a separate screen on software generated keyboards.

On software generated keyboards, pressing the shift key will cause the characters available for selection to come to the foreground.  Bringing the shifted characters to the foreground involves either bolding the characters available in shift mode or switching the positions of the normal and shifted characters.

Figure 1 shows a sample keyboard with the current method of displaying the characters available in shift mode and normal mode.  In normal mode, pressing a key results in the character with the bold font style (1, 2, 3, etc) being selected for input.  In shift mode, pressing a key results in the grayed out character (!, @, #, etc) on the upper left being selected for input.  Shift mode is entered when the shift key on a keyboard is pressed or held down.

Figure 1:

Normal

keyboard display.

For increased readability of the characters available in shift mode, two methods are proposed: bolding and switching.  With bolding, the characters available in shift mode will display in a bold font style and the normal characters would be grayed out as shown in figure 2.

Figure 2: Shift mode display (bolding).

With switching, the characters available in shift mode would switch positions with the normal characters as shown in figure 3.

Figure 3: Shift mode display (switching).

When the shift mode is exited the key...