Compact Keyboard Based on "G" Layout
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
This article describes a keyboard having compact size while maintaining the G-type layout. The G keyboard is illustrated in Fig. 1. The keyboard disclosed herein is a compact keyboard, which is a subset of the G keyboard. The compact layout offers small size for systems which require an integrated keyboard or small footprint. The keyboard of this disclosure is shown in Fig. 2. It consists of 85 keys and is capable of generating all of the scan codes of a G keyboard. The keys which are represented are that of a G keyboard without the numeric pad. The Numlock key is added so that the numeric pad functions may be overlaid and used on the compact keyboard. The core of the G keyboard is unchanged, and keys have been grouped and positioned strategically so as to keep it as close to the G layout as possible.