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An X-Ray Browse Function for Identifying Keyboard Definitions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120469D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gilbertsen, TA: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method by which one or more functions for each individual key and alternate states of that key are set forth textually and stored within a computer system. Each time an image of a selected key is designated within the graphic image of the computer keyboard, a textual indication of each function associated with that selected key and its various states for the application in question is retrieved from storage and displayed in a viewpoint of "window" on the computer system. A graphical pointing device, such as a mouse or light pen, may be utilized to graphically designate selected keys within the graphic image of the computer keyboard. The window is positioned to be close to but not obscure the selected key. As shown in the figure, an icon having the appearance of a magnifying glass is used.

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An X-Ray Browse Function for Identifying Keyboard Definitions

      Disclosed is a method by which one or more functions for each
individual key and alternate states of that key are set forth
textually and stored within a computer system.  Each time an image of
a selected key is designated within the graphic image of the computer
keyboard, a textual indication of each function associated with that
selected key and its various states for the application in question
is retrieved from storage and displayed in a viewpoint of "window" on
the computer system.  A graphical pointing device, such as a mouse or
light pen, may be utilized to graphically designate selected keys
within the graphic image of the computer keyboard.  The window is
positioned to be close to but not obscure the selected key.  As shown
in the figure, an icon having the appearance of a magnifying glass is
used.

      Disclosed anonymously.