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Switch Keyboard Language Icon Support

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114166D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, IR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This inventon describes use of object oriented user interface that allows multilingual users to use direct manipulation to change the characteristics of the keyboard.

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Switch Keyboard Language Icon Support

      This inventon describes use of object oriented user interface
that allows multilingual users to use direct manipulation to change
the characteristics of the keyboard.

      Switching the keyboard to another language using a "drag and
drop" technique would provide multilingual users with an interface
that is more consistent with their other applications.  The solution
is to provide icons that depict a language specific keyboard for each
language supported.  For example, in

Canada

there would be an icon
depicting a keyboard with "English" text beneath it or an "E" in the
middle of the icon, and a similar icon denoting French.  The user who
is running in English and wishes to set the keyboard to French would
select the French keyboard icon, drag it to the desired English
application, and drop it.  The keyboard would be remapped to support
French characters as input.  In a country like

Switzerland

, it is
likely that 4 icons (depicting English, French, German, and Italian)
would be available.

      Users can move back and forth between different language
applications using the desirable "drag and drop" technique rather
than having to interrupt their session to issue a command that
manually sets the keyboard to the desired language.