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User-Defined Data Keys on the IBM Kanji Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042334D
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Abrahamson, DJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is provided for direct entry of preassigned extension characters when the IBM Kanji keyboard 10 (Fig. 1) is in the GAIJI mode. All 12 rows of the Kanji data keys 15 can be used for direct entry of preassigned extension characters. These keys are called user-defined data keys during GAIJI mode where each is assigned a unique 2-byte code from the IBM Kanji standard. When a key is pressed while the keyboard is in GAIJI mode, a GAIJI entry sequence is automatically executed for that key by the workstation controller (WSC) (not shown) and host system as if the entry had been made by the decimal code sequence using keys on the numeric pad 20. The keyboard 10 attaches to the host system via the WSC in a conventional manner. A default 2-byte code is assigned to each key automatically by the WSC.

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User-Defined Data Keys on the IBM Kanji Keyboard

A method is provided for direct entry of preassigned extension characters when the IBM Kanji keyboard 10 (Fig. 1) is in the GAIJI mode. All 12 rows of the Kanji data keys 15 can be used for direct entry of preassigned extension characters. These keys are called user-defined data keys during GAIJI mode where each is assigned a unique 2-byte code from the IBM Kanji standard. When a key is pressed while the keyboard is in GAIJI mode, a GAIJI entry sequence is automatically executed for that key by the workstation controller (WSC) (not shown) and host system as if the entry had been made by the decimal code sequence using keys on the numeric pad 20. The keyboard 10 attaches to the host system via the WSC in a conventional manner. A default 2-byte code is assigned to each key automatically by the WSC. The default codes range from hexadecimal 6941 through hexadecimal 6A5A, as shown in the assignment chart of Fig. 2. These codes are defined by the IBM Kanji standard as user-definable code points to which the user may assign any character image desired, for example, a company logo. Assume hexadecimal 6941 is assigned to a company logo. Then the company logo would be displayed whenever 6941 was used as an extension character and the operator would enter the logo on the display screen by pressing the user-defined key that had an extension character 6941 assigned to it. It should also be noted that the user can reassign 2-byt...