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Keyboard Language Status Icon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104021D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method of displaying the current language setting of the keyboard through the use of an icon. When creating applications that must deal with multilingual users, there is no way for the user to know what language the keyboard is set to. In many, there are indicators to denote such settings as Caps Lock (input will be in all uppercase), whether the keyboard is set to the insert or replace mode, and other such things that are useful for the end user to be aware of. When multiple windows appear, with individual windows consisting of specific languages, users switching back and forth would find it useful to have a visual way of knowing what particular characters, by language, will be entered. The solution is to provide an icon that contains the language setting of the keyboard.

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Keyboard Language Status Icon

      This article describes a method of displaying the current
language setting of the keyboard through the use of an icon.  When
creating applications that must deal with multilingual users, there
is no way for the user to know what language the keyboard is set to.
In many, there are indicators to denote such settings as Caps Lock
(input will be in all uppercase), whether the keyboard is set to the
insert or replace mode, and other such things that are useful for the
end user to be aware of.  When multiple windows appear, with
individual windows consisting of specific languages, users switching
back and forth would find it useful to have a visual way of knowing
what particular characters, by language, will be entered.
    The solution is to provide an icon that contains the language
setting of the keyboard.  Since only one keyboard setting is
permitted system-wide, during system initialization the language of
the default keyboard will be displayed in an icon.  When the keyboard
is reset to another language, either by the end-user or dynamically
by the application, the icon will be updated with the now active
language.
     Users can move back and forth between different language
applications and always know what the keyboard language is by
checking the icon.  If they are running multiple applications, of
which some dynamically change the keyboard and others expect the user
to make the change, they will always be aware of the k...