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Terminal Function Template

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102256D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clark, GE: AUTHOR

Abstract

Most workstation keyboards have a number of programmable function keys that perform different functions for different applications or levels of processing. For example, on an IBM 327x terminal keyboard PF may be defined by the user in CMS to enter PROFS, and when in PROFS, PF may cause mail log processing.

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Terminal Function Template

       Most workstation keyboards have a number of programmable
function keys that perform different functions for different
applications or levels of processing. For example, on an IBM 327x
terminal keyboard PF     may be defined by the user in CMS to enter
PROFS, and when in PROFS, PF     may cause mail log processing.

      If, in another example, a Personal Computer session is entered
using an IBM 3270PC or an IBM-PC with 3278 emulator, PF3 may be
programmed by a first application package to advance to the next
document or another application to toggle between a menu and the
application.

      In any event, on a multiple application PC workstation, some or
all of the following applications may have different PF key
definitions:
      CMS       DOS
      PROFS     BASIC
      FULIST
      LRDR      Workstation Control Mode
      XEDIT     Etc.
      FDISK

      It is impossible to remember all PF key definitions for all
applications, and in recognition of this fact, many suppliers of
application programs supply a template to assist the user.

      The template is designed to be placed over the area of the PF
keys so that definitions can be immediately seen by the user.
However, many times during a workday a user may wish to switch
between applications and may need to have the PF key definitions
immediately available.

      Therefore, a multiple template holde...