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Testing Using Touch-Sensitive Screens

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000057333D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Goetz, PE [+details]

Abstract

Touch-sensitive surfaces on displays are not familiar to many users. The present method standardizes the display format, defines touch sensitive areas of the display screen and provides optional keyboard input for users during diagnostic testing or system initialization. This minimizes user problems. Text describing actions or choices to be made by the user are presented inside colored blocks on the display screen (see the figure). In the lower right corner of each block is the name or label of a key on the computer keyboard (shown as 1, 2 and Esc). This key may be pressed to select the option described in the block. To indicate that the block may be touched to make the selection, all valid touch blocks have green as the background color.