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Program Keyboard Definition

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000050232D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Adam, TL: AUTHOR [+7]

Abstract

Keyboard text function keys are redefined under program control as program function keys in order to free character keys normally used for program functions.

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Program Keyboard Definition

Keyboard text function keys are redefined under program control as program function keys in order to free character keys normally used for program functions.

Changing keyboards through operator keying to handle different languages and country programs, type elements, etc., is old and well known. Also, the use of keyboard change operator aids, such as keyboard templates, is well known.

In the same light, design requirements have specified the organizational grouping of keys to meet certain ergonomic criteria. The problems encountered with the above, however, are limited flexibility hardware, errors in operator decisions, etc., which tend to diminish the attractiveness of easy to use modern word processing systems.

In menu-driven word processing systems, operator errors and decision and training time are reduced and system flexibility is improved by placing the keyboard under the control of a loaded program. As such, the number and flexibility of available keyboards is substantially increased, and the only required operator decision is template and program matching.

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