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Terminal Window Function Controls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111359D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kressin, MS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The following describes a method for implementing user definable function keys at the user input level. These key sequences can be associated with Graphical User Interface (GUI) buttons or keyboard function keys.

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Terminal Window Function Controls

      The following describes a method for implementing user
definable function keys at the user input level.  These key sequences
can be associated with Graphical User Interface (GUI) buttons or
keyboard function keys.

      Application programs that run under X-Windows and require
repetitive keyboard input or complex commands to operate, are
sometimes prone to input errors, cumbersome to use, or require a
large learning curve.  A more desirable environment is to provide the
user with a function key-like facility that allows key sequence
association to controls such as Graphical User Interface buttons or
keyboard function keys.

      Implementing this at the user input level is unique because,
traditionally, function key facilities have been built into the
various application programs.  By moving the facility to a higher
X-Windows environment level, the facility can be standardized and
provided for all applications that run in that environment.  For
example, the user can use this facility to define function keys which
associate to various commands strings that perform tasks in a given
application.  Using this same facility, other groups of keys can be
defined by the user (or an experienced user) for other applications
or any mix of applications.  Because this facility is provided at the
X-Windows level, when the user presses one of the defined keys, the
associated command string is sent to the application by X-Windows.
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