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Hybrid Man Machine Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000048809D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kasuga, H: AUTHOR

Abstract

The present interface allows any user, whether skilled or unskilled, to operate a workstation, such as a word processor, by providing a system driven interface (SDI) on top of a user-driven interface (UDI). The UDI is used by a skilled user to perform a desired function through a sequence of keystrokes, while the SDI is used by an unskilled user to know what keys must be depressed to perform the desired function.

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Hybrid Man Machine Interface

The present interface allows any user, whether skilled or unskilled, to operate a workstation, such as a word processor, by providing a system driven interface (SDI) on top of a user-driven interface (UDI). The UDI is used by a skilled user to perform a desired function through a sequence of keystrokes, while the SDI is used by an unskilled user to know what keys must be depressed to perform the desired function.

In a typical workstation, some functions are performed by depressing corresponding function keys or keying in commands at appropriate times. These functions are associated with the UDI which could be used only by the skilled user. As shown in Fig. 1, the present interface provides the SDI on top of the UDI. In the SDI, the function keys or commands are treated in menus which give system-driven characteristics. When an assistance is required, the SDI is invoked by depressing a special key called HELP.

The HELP key depression invokes possible menus and displays them in a newly created menu partition which may reside under a text partition, as shown in Fig. 2. The displayed menus contain selection items, such as Revise Document, Create Document and Print Document. The user selects one of the displayed menu selection items by moving a cursor to a desired location. When the selection is made, an instruction frame is displayed which contains appropriate key names and associated functions. For example, if the Revise Document has bee...