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Multiple Host Keyboard Mapping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105566D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dehart, J: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

It was a common practice to create different classes of applications and to also create unique terminals and keyboard mappings to interface with these applications. It was not uncommon to have multiple terminals on users desk or a common terminal room with each unique terminal only having access to a single class of applications.

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Multiple Host Keyboard Mapping

      It was a common practice to create different classes of
applications and to also create unique terminals and keyboard
mappings to interface with these applications.  It was not uncommon
to have multiple terminals on users desk or a common terminal room
with each unique terminal only having access to a single class of
applications.

      In today's environment, it is common practice to have a single
terminal connected to a number of different applications.  Each of
these applications may require different local functions to be
performed using the keys on the keyboard.  A number of the keys on
the keyboard have been multiply defined across the spectrum of
applications.

      Users, moving from the terminal per application environment to
a single terminal for multiple applications environment, would have
problems with the local function keyboard mapping of the single
terminal.  This is caused by either the loss of local function,
movement of key position, additional keystrokes to change modes of
the keyboard, or extra keystrokes for a "shift" function.

      This invention uses the 3174 MULTIPLE HOST attachment feature,
which allows the customer to customize multiple upstream host
connections and to "NAME" the host.  This "NAME" is displayed in the
OIA of the display to let the operator know to which host this
particular LT is currently connected.

      A correlation is made between the "NAME" of the upstream ho...