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Combined Numeric Entry Field and Calculator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105296D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Najjar, LJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Computer users need a simple, intuitive, and quick way to enter numeric information in a field or to do simple calculations and put the result in a field. The easiest way for computer users to perform these tasks currently is to use an on-line calculator to enter numbers or perform a calculation, then cut and paste the result to the numeric field. The Combined Numeric Entry Field and Calculator allows users to perform these tasks without cutting and pasting, therefore saving the user time and frustration.

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Combined Numeric Entry Field and Calculator

      Computer users need a simple, intuitive, and quick way to enter
numeric information in a field or to do simple calculations and put
the result in a field.  The easiest way for computer users to perform
these tasks currently is to use an on-line calculator to enter
numbers or perform a calculation, then cut and paste the result to
the numeric field.  The Combined Numeric Entry Field and Calculator
allows users to perform these tasks without cutting and pasting,
therefore saving the user time and frustration.

      Beside entry fields that require numeric characters (such as
monthly salary), a small calculator icon appears (Fig. 1).  When the
user selects the calculator icon, a calculator appears under the
numeric entry field, with the numeric entry field appearing as the
calculator's display (Fig. 2).

      The Combined Numeric Entry Field and Calculator functions like
an actual physical calculator.  The user enters numbers into the
entry field by selecting numbers on the calculator pad.  As with most
calculators, the Combined Numeric Entry Field and Calculator includes
a Clear key and a back space (left arrow) key to correct typing
errors, mathematical functions (add, subtract, multiply, divide), a
decimal (.)  key, and an equals (=) key.  Unlike physical
calculators, the Combined Numeric Entry Field and Calculator includes
an OK key to enter the numbers that currently appear in the display
and remove th...