Pairing of Escaping and Non-Escaping Characters on the Same Key in Electronic Entry Keyboards
Original Publication Date: 1982-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Many character sets and languages require diacritics to construct complex characters, i.e., O + ..=0.. In the traditional mechanical keyboard, it was necessary to pair diacritics on the same key since they did not cause the escapement of the printer. Therefore, the escapement/ non-escapement capability was related to a particular key. With the development of electronic keyboards wherein the escapement or non-escapement of a character is determined by the supporting software and not by the mechanics of the structure, escaping and non-escaping characters may be paired on the same key. In other words, determination of whether or not there is or is not an escapement is related to the particular character and not to the key.