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Keyboard Mapping for Terminals

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060648D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

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Abstract

A method is described for use in a multi-station interactive data processing system which permits applications to run on workstations with different keyboards.

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Keyboard Mapping for Terminals

A method is described for use in a multi-station interactive data processing system which permits applications to run on workstations with different keyboards.

An operator should be able to run any application which is native to the system from any supported workstation, even if the keyboards of some of the workstations lack many of the "extra" keys of the system keyboard, do not have ALT keys, and have a number of CTRL sequences reserved for other processing.

In accordance with the new method, key combinations for each application are defined initially with respect to the system keyboard. These keys are then mapped to other supported workstation keyboards by using the following mapping algorithm system key 'x': CTRL-A x identifies the ALT state of an inboard key, PF key, or cursor key CTRL-C x identifies the CTRL state of an inboard key, PF key, or cursor key CTRL-E x identifies the unshifted state of a system keyboard's extra key ('x' is a mnemonic code for the extra key) CTRL-Z x identifies the shift state of a function key or cursor key

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