Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
The present invention relates to a split keyboard in which a gap divides those keys operated by the left hand from those keys operated by the right hand, and in which function keys and/or input device buttons are positioned along the gap. In the figure, the conventional QWERTY keyboard 1 is split along the left hand/right hand divide, leaving approximately a 2-inch gap 2. Along the gap 2 are disposed a pointing device 3 -- for moving a cursor on a display (not shown) -- and function keys 4. The number of input devices and keys may vary. The pointing device 3 is dimensioned to enable manipulation by the index finger of either hand. The function keys 4 have at least some characteristic distinguishing them from the standard keys and space bar 5.