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Automatic Mode Select on the IBM Kanji Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042337D
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 to improve the operator useability of the IBM Kanji keyboard 10 (Fig. 1) which automatically selects the proper keyboard mode according to the input field. In the past, the operator had to select the keyboard modes where the modes include A/N/K, Kanji and GAIJI. The mode, which is automatically selected, is indicated to the operator by special symbols on the display's indicator line (not shown) so as to inform the operator the manner in which data should be entered. The A/N/K mode is used primarily to enter alphanumeric or Katakana single-byte EBCDIC characters into alphanumeric input fields. The Kanji keyboard 10 (Fig. 1) contains an imbedded keyboard 16 which can be operated like any normal Katakana typewriter keyboard in A/N/K mode.

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Automatic Mode Select on the IBM Kanji Keyboard

A method is provided to improve the operator useability of the IBM Kanji keyboard 10 (Fig. 1) which automatically selects the proper keyboard mode according to the input field. In the past, the operator had to select the keyboard modes where the modes include A/N/K, Kanji and GAIJI. The mode, which is automatically selected, is indicated to the operator by special symbols on the display's indicator line (not shown) so as to inform the operator the manner in which data should be entered. The A/N/K mode is used primarily to enter alphanumeric or Katakana single-byte EBCDIC characters into alphanumeric input fields. The Kanji keyboard 10 (Fig. 1) contains an imbedded keyboard 16 which can be operated like any normal Katakana typewriter keyboard in A/N/K mode. The Kanji mode is used for entering 2-byte ideographic characters into Kanji input fields. A special 12-key shift pad 20 is used along with the appropriate Kanji data key 15 to select a Kanji character for entry. Each Kanji data key contains 12 characters and each of the 12 characters is selected by different key in the 12-key shift pad 16. Up to 2,568 2-byte characters can be entered directly from the Kanji keyboard mode. GAIJI mode is used to key in ideographic characters when the desired character does not exist on the Kanji key top. The 12-key shift pad 20 is used to enter ideographic characters according to an IBM decimal code. The operator keys a 2 to 5 digi...