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Keyboard Design Visualization Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115400D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bealle, FJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A tool that creates a schematic keyboard layout and matching table for character identification. Input to the tool is an online form used to request a specific keyboard layout registration. A menu interface is provided.

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Keyboard Design Visualization Tool

      A tool that creates a schematic keyboard layout and matching
table for character identification.  Input to the tool is an online
form used to request a specific keyboard layout registration.  A menu
interface is provided.

      Described is a method of automatically generating keyboard
layout schematics and graphic character identification tables.  The
method has been implemented by means of a REXX program that takes a
registration form as the input.  The registration form consists of a
table of key positions, level selections (3) and character
specifications.

      Each character is specified with a full or truncated version of
an IBM* graphic character identifier.  For example, the latin letter
A would be identified as LA01 or LA010000 in the input table.  Along
with this identification is the information of key coordinate
position (such as B-12, etc., based on the ISO 9995 keyboard layout
standard), and level selection (base, shifted, or alternate).

      A layout can consist of 1 or more groups.  Each group or layer
corresponds to a single schematic output from the tool.  Only one
group is specified per form.

      The table input also contains administrative information that
is removed automatically by the tool.  The other information is used
to place glyphs in boxes that are used to simulate keytops in the
schematic.  As in regular keyboards, the select levels are mapped to
upper, middle and lo...