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Keyboard Automation: Decision Logic Using Menus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049519D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Herzik, AM Repass, JT [+details]

Abstract

In order to perform any given task, the word processing operator must manually perform a number of steps. These steps primarily involve pressing keys on the keyboard. Furthermore, many tasks require the repetition of the same basic set of steps each time they are executed. For example, to paginate a document, the operator must select the Paginate Document task in the Typing Tasks selection menu, specify the document and diskette name, press the Request key, select the Print Document task, specify the document and diskette name, etc. Tasks such as these, which require the manual execution of certain specific steps, are candidates for automated procedures. Other, more complex tasks, such as crossfooting a table of numbers, are also candidates for automated procedures.