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Keyboard to Display Cursor Mapping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040408D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Edgar, AD Roush, CE [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which improves the speed of wide-area cursor positioning without using a mouse. In accordance with the new method, imagine the keyboard is over-laid on the display, so each key maps to a specific point. Any key pressed simultaneously with a cursor key moves the cursor to the corresponding point on the screen. Past cursor-positioning methods include off-screen positioners such as a mouse or joystick, on-screen touch sensitive sensors, and the classical method of typamatic cursor keys and lots of time. The new method provides the low cost and compactness of a keyboard-only cursor-positioning system. Because it uses only a keyboard, it has compatibility across all products. However, it still provides the speed of a mouse system for cursor positioning.