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Programmable Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118787D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Campbell, RG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Since every software application makes use of the function keys on a keyboard differently, a technique is disclosed whereby each application can make the user more readily aware of what the function keys do in a given application.

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Programmable Keyboard

      Since every software application makes use of the function keys
on a keyboard differently, a technique is disclosed whereby each
application can make the user more readily aware of what the function
keys do in a given application.

      For instance, on an IBM* keyboard, when the user selects "Caps
Lock", a little green light appears on the keyboard next to the text
"Caps Lock", signifying that the Caps Lock is on.  The same is true
for "Num Lock" and "Scroll Lock".  The instant technique takes this
one step further.  Small LED readouts are added above each of the
function keys that an application program can control.  For example,
a word processor's function key F5 may mean "perform a spell check";
whereas in a spreadsheet, F5 may mean "perform a recalculation";
whereas in some other application, F5 may mean "print".  By having
the application place text in an LED readout on the keyboard above F5
(and the other function keys as appropriate), the application user
would know exactly what that function key does.
  *  Trademark of IBM Corp.