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Keyboard with Varying Functional Key Definitions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044977D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Amezcua, R: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

It has been conventional in data processing systems involving keyboard entry expedients to vary the definition of the keyboard character keys so that the same keyboard is capable of a plurality of different character sets each representing a different type font. Then, the operator selects the appropriate type font or character set and understands that the keyboard is now defined in terms of the selected character set. In such conventional systems, the non-character keys, i.e., the functional keys, are not varied in definition and thus retain the same function.

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Keyboard with Varying Functional Key Definitions

It has been conventional in data processing systems involving keyboard entry expedients to vary the definition of the keyboard character keys so that the same keyboard is capable of a plurality of different character sets each representing a different type font. Then, the operator selects the appropriate type font or character set and understands that the keyboard is now defined in terms of the selected character set. In such conventional systems, the non- character keys, i.e., the functional keys, are not varied in definition and thus retain the same function.

In recent years, there have been a considerable number of developments in the direction of endowing word processing systems with data processing capability or endowing data processing systems with word processing capability. By data processing systems, we mean systems wherein the format of the information process is relatively unimportant and that the system is basically concerned with altering and manipulating the actual substance rather than the form of the data involved. On the other hand, in word processing or text processing systems, the interpretation of the substance of the data involved is not important to the system. The system is primarily concerned with manipulating and altering the format of the data involved.

In any event, in such combined word processing and data processing systems, the functions of the system are so divergent that it is not ve...