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Multiple Language Display for Terminals

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000084844D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hawley, K: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Interactive terminals generally display their messages, such as user guidance information, only in the language selected at system generation time or when they were designed. This may be a serious impediment in the case of terminals, such as cash terminals or other transaction type terminals at airports, serving an international public.

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Multiple Language Display for Terminals

Interactive terminals generally display their messages, such as user guidance information, only in the language selected at system generation time or when they were designed. This may be a serious impediment in the case of terminals, such as cash terminals or other transaction type terminals at airports, serving an international public.

The multilanguage display terminal proposed here issues its messages in any one of up to four languages (and corresponding type fonts) according to a language identification code supplied by each user. In the specific embodiment, the code is contained (magnetically recorded) in the user's identification card (ID) authorizing him to access the terminal. The retrieved language code is processed by microprogram routines within the terminal to select the proper language or, if this is not present in the respective terminal, a default language.

The message and type font tables for the different languages are stored in a random-access memory within the terminal to allow fast response. The language code is also transmitted to the host system of the terminal where further multilanguage messages may be stored and transmitted to the terminal, if necessary.

The tables for processing different languages are readily generated in the host system, whence they are transmitted to the individual terminals during the initial program loading (IPL) time.

The multiple-language display is easy to implement (microp...