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Dynamic Keyboard Display for Touch Screens

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108795D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brininstool, D: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a display control for use with touch screens or other pointing devices (mouse, trackball, etc.). This control is an object that appears on the screen that a user can interact with. By interacting with this control, it dynamically displays a keyboard or keypad for user entry and removes the keyboard or keypad when interaction is complete.

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Dynamic Keyboard Display for Touch Screens

       Disclosed is a display control for use with touch screens
or other pointing devices (mouse, trackball, etc.).  This control is
an object that appears on the screen that a user can interact with.
By interacting with this control, it dynamically displays a keyboard
or keypad for user entry and removes the keyboard or keypad when
interaction is complete.

      Touch screens are well suited to selecting choices - a user
sees the desired choice on the screen and touches it. However, some
applications require user input information that is unique
(information the system cannot anticipate and provide as a
selection). When this information is text or numbers, an effective
method of inputting this information is to display a keyboard or
keypad on the screen.  The user can then touch the letters or numbers
they want inputted into the system.  Many current systems display a
keyboard or keypad on their touch screen application all the time (in
a fixed position or in a movable window).

      Other current solutions allow the user to turn on or off the
display of the keyboard or keypad, thus providing more space on the
display for other information.

      The problems with the above approaches are:
      - The keyboards and keypads take up considerable screen space
which could be used for other information.
      - The user must know how to access the display of the
keyboard/keypad and how to turn it off.
      - When there are multiple fields on the screen that can accept
keyboard input, the user must understand the correct procedure for
indicating which field should receive the input from the keyboard or
keypad that is displayed.

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