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Shifted GRAPHIC

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038759D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Goldberg, M [+details]

Abstract

A method is disclosed for exploiting standard keyboard shift positions for additional graphics, and that are compatible for those languages which have capitalization. Present keyboard shift key action is an inheritance from a time when depression of the shift key performed the mechanical function of shifting the striking key upwards so that the lower of the two character molds on a key head would be the one striking a print ribbon. Since there can be only one character per shift position, it was natural that for the alphabetic keys this position be reserved for capitals. On the non-alphabetic keys, on the other hand, additional graphics could be incorporated into the character set of the keyboard.