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Software Subsystem for Easy Access Buttons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122886D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bartolanzo, LJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to provide software support for easy access buttons in a Personal Computer System. Easy access buttons are becoming very popular in the Consumer Industry, providing a single button access to commonly used computer functions such as a Word processor, the Internet, telephony functions, etc. In addition to a myriad of available software functions that can be started via the buttons, there are many choices of input devices that can be used to provide the easy access. Examples of such input devices are: o Buttons on the keyboard o Buttons on the system unit o Remote control o Voice commands

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Software Subsystem for Easy Access Buttons

      Disclosed is a method to provide software support for easy
access buttons in a Personal Computer System.  Easy access buttons
are becoming very popular in the Consumer Industry, providing a
single button access to commonly used computer functions such as a
Word processor, the Internet, telephony functions, etc.  In addition
to a myriad of available software functions that can be started via
the buttons, there are many choices of input devices that can be used
to provide the easy access.  Examples of such input devices are:
  o  Buttons on the keyboard
  o  Buttons on the system unit
  o  Remote control
  o  Voice commands

      In order to handle the multiple options for input devices and
the multiple applications that can be started, an architecture was
defined to allow ease of transition among the options.  The
components of the architecture are:
  o  Easy Access device layer
  o  Easy Access control layer
  o  Easy Access application layer

Each of the layers is described below:

      The Easy Access device layer is a set of Device Drivers that
communicate with the Easy Access input device.  The Device Drivers
determine that an input device has been pressed and passes a command
to the Easy Access control layer with information about the specific
button pressed.

      The Easy Access control layer provides a set of commands to be
used by the Easy Access device layer and also provides the...