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Vowel-Centered Layout for On Screen Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119062D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mantha, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

The layout of an on-screen keyboard always presents problems when the user has to navigate using a pointing device to select a letter. Even the most common 'QWERTY' layout suffers from this problem of traversing too much to locate a certain key. Other layouts are available that focus on minimizing the movements, but they are difficult to learn.

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Vowel-Centered Layout for On Screen Keyboard

      The layout of an on-screen keyboard always presents problems
when the user has to navigate using a pointing device to select a
letter.  Even the most common 'QWERTY' layout suffers from this
problem of traversing too much to locate a certain key.  Other
layouts are available that focus on minimizing the movements, but
they are difficult to learn.

      The solution would be to keep all the vowels close to each
other so that they can be found intuitively.
   -------------------------------------
   |  B  |  C  |  A  |  D  |  F  |  G  |
   -------------------------------------
   |  H  |  J  |  E  |  K  |  L  |  M  |
   -------------------------------------
   |  A  |  E  |  I  |  O  |  U  |  Y  |
   -------------------------------------
   |  N  |  P  |  O  |  Q  |  R  |  S  |
   -------------------------------------
   |  T  |  V  |  U  |  W  |  X  |  Z  |
   -------------------------------------

      In this layout, the vowels are located in the center as in a
cross, both vertically and horizontally.  The rest of the letters are
written alphabetically in left to right order.  The vowels can be
painted in a different color for even better identification.

This solution focuses on identifying the most commonly used keys
easily.
  1.  Easily identify vowels.  They are always in one row,
       vertically or horizontally.  All vowels except 'Y'
       are also repeated for better access.
  2.  Minimizes the distance travelled to get to a vowel compared
       to the 'QWERTY' keyboard.
  3.  Five rows and six columns makes...