Customization and Operating Modes on a Virtual Terminal
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
A method is described for allowing applications requiring different terminal characteristics to run concurrently in virtual terminals in a virtual machine-type data processing system. In the IBM PC/RT, multiple virtual terminals may exist, each running a different application. The virtual terminal may be set up in a variety of ways, which affects the way keyboard input, display output, sound and locator information is handled. Each virtual terminal is created with default ways of processing the keyboard, sound, locator input and display output. However, these defaults can be changed to enable the application to use the terminal more efficiently, or to give the application more control over input or output. This customization or operating mode data may be uniquely specified for each virtual terminal.