User-Defined Data Keys on the IBM Kanji Keyboard
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
A method is provided for direct entry of preassigned extension characters when the IBM Kanji keyboard 10 (Fig. 1) is in the GAIJI mode. All 12 rows of the Kanji data keys 15 can be used for direct entry of preassigned extension characters. These keys are called user-defined data keys during GAIJI mode where each is assigned a unique 2-byte code from the IBM Kanji standard. When a key is pressed while the keyboard is in GAIJI mode, a GAIJI entry sequence is automatically executed for that key by the workstation controller (WSC) (not shown) and host system as if the entry had been made by the decimal code sequence using keys on the numeric pad 20. The keyboard 10 attaches to the host system via the WSC in a conventional manner. A default 2-byte code is assigned to each key automatically by the WSC.