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User Definable PF Keys

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038834D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Cheatheam, LD Pierschalla, BR Snyder, JW [+details]

Abstract

A method is described for allowing a user to redefine the standard function keys on a Personal Computer (PC) for host Program Function (PF) keys. The PF keys are used for host applications to perform functions. On a host keyboard, the top twenty-four keys default to twenty- four program function keys. Many users prefer the function keys on the side of the keyboard for ease of use. They would like to map the function keys F1-F10 to the corresponding PF1-PF10. An interface was defined to allow the user to redefine F1-F10 to PF1-PF10. By placing the command in the input file to the remapkey utilities, the keyboard handler knows to map F1-F10 to PF1-PF10. The advantage to the user is that maximum flexibility is achieved by allowing the use of F1-F10 or PF1-PF10 to employ the PF Keys.