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Keyboard Entry And Representation of Iconic Characters

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059182D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Evey, RJ Yu, WC [+details]

Abstract

This invention relates to a method for the entry and coded representation of iconic characters into an information handling system by way of keystroking a keyboard of N-distinguishable keys coupling said system. The method comprises the steps of (a) forming a concordance between K iconic characters and a selected pair of the N(N-1) distinguishable pairs of keys, the concordance being coded such that each one of the K & K characters are associated one to one with K & K actuations of a first key of the pair, while a second key of the pair, when actuated, is a stop code; (b) repeating step (a) for as many as MN(N-1) distinguishable iconic character sets; and (c) ordering the keys according to at least one criterion such as frequency of use.