Automatic Mode Select on the IBM Kanji Keyboard
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
A method is provided to improve the operator useability of the IBM Kanji keyboard 10 (Fig. 1) which automatically selects the proper keyboard mode according to the input field. In the past, the operator had to select the keyboard modes where the modes include A/N/K, Kanji and GAIJI. The mode, which is automatically selected, is indicated to the operator by special symbols on the display's indicator line (not shown) so as to inform the operator the manner in which data should be entered. The A/N/K mode is used primarily to enter alphanumeric or Katakana single-byte EBCDIC characters into alphanumeric input fields. The Kanji keyboard 10 (Fig. 1) contains an imbedded keyboard 16 which can be operated like any normal Katakana typewriter keyboard in A/N/K mode.