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Kanji Keyboard Containing Standard Alphanumeric/Katakana Character Arrangement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000082824D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kaneko, S: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This japanese Kanji keyboard comprises an array of character keys, each having a plurality of character labels on top. A desired Kanji character is selected by depressing both a key 1 which carries the desired Kanji character label and one of the selection keys 2, which comprises the same number and arrangement of keys as character labels in each character key 1. Each of the character keys in partial area 4 of the keyboard is assigned with one alphanumeric and one Katakana character, in addition to Kanji characters. Any of the alphanumeric and Katakana characters may be selected in a similar manner to a Kanji character. For ease in manipulation, alphanumeric and Katakana characters are arranged in the Japanese industrial standard character arrangement.

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Kanji Keyboard Containing Standard Alphanumeric/Katakana Character Arrangement

This japanese Kanji keyboard comprises an array of character keys, each having a plurality of character labels on top. A desired Kanji character is selected by depressing both a key 1 which carries the desired Kanji character label and one of the selection keys 2, which comprises the same number and arrangement of keys as character labels in each character key 1. Each of the character keys in partial area 4 of the keyboard is assigned with one alphanumeric and one Katakana character, in addition to Kanji characters. Any of the alphanumeric and Katakana characters may be selected in a similar manner to a Kanji character. For ease in manipulation, alphanumeric and Katakana characters are arranged in the Japanese industrial standard character arrangement.

Mode key 3 is additionally provided to switch the keyboard to either the alphanumeric or Katakana mode, in which any of the alphanumeric or Katakana characters are selected simply by depressing character key 1 without depressing selection key 2. This enables the operator to manipulate the keyboard like a standard alphanumeric or Katakana keyboard.

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