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Context sensitive display for keyboard keys

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028661D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-26

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Keyboard key names display the common use of the key. The key stroke may have many consequences, depending on the current context. When the key use is different, the user may be unable to locate the correct key. Sometimes stickers (or masks) are used, especially in a multilingual situation, but this solution is both shabby and works only for small number of signs per key. Another solution is a virtual keyboard displayed on the computer screen, which shows the function of each key. This solution is harder to use, as it requires constant mapping between the virtual and the real keyboard. Further, its implementation usually is not context sensitive.