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Method for Rapid and Accurate Function Selection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038329D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beitel, BJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

This invention relates to a method for selecting function execution by key entering data at a stored program-controlled interactive man- machine interface. The interface includes an input device having function and alphanumeric coded keys, a display, and a program element responsive to input device actuations by providing both program- originated and echo key data on the display. The method steps include (a) inputting at least a portion of the function name, (b) comparison matching visually the keyed-in name echo with a predetermined number of function names on a circular list projected on the display, the list being rotatable in either direction by function key actuation, and (c) upon a match, invoking the function. Each input is followed by a single input field.

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Method for Rapid and Accurate Function Selection

This invention relates to a method for selecting function execution by key entering data at a stored program-controlled interactive man- machine interface. The interface includes an input device having function and alphanumeric coded keys, a display, and a program element responsive to input device actuations by providing both program- originated and echo key data on the display. The method steps include (a) inputting at least a portion of the function name, (b) comparison matching visually the keyed-in name echo with a predetermined number of function names on a circular list projected on the display, the list being rotatable in either direction by function key actuation, and (c) upon a match, invoking the function. Each input is followed by a single input field. The user has the option of keying a response directly or, by using a function key, "rotating" acceptable values into the field from a circularly connected dynamic list under program control. Two function keys are provided. One key is to advance to the next value in the list, and the other key is to back up to previous values. If an operator rotates too far with one key, he can back up quickly by pressing the other key. The method permits partial keying of the desired entry in conjunction with the rotate keys to find a first match. For example, the user may be asked for a file name, one of perhaps several hundred he currently has access to. In this case, t...