Home Keyboards After Fifth Alternate
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
Using alternative configurations of a keyboard with a word processing system, such as may be done with the IBM Displaywriter in a terminal emulation mode, can entail some unnecessary procedures. This technique provides a means to have the word processing hardware, after the initial program load, act as if it actually has a different keyboard connected without carrying out the unnecessary procedures. Typically, if a word processing system, such as the IBM Displaywriter, is regularly used in a mode which emulates another type of data processing system (such as a mainframe computer terminal) via a keyboard ID that is different from the ID physically engraved on the tops of the keys, then a manual keyboard change function must be performed after every initial program load (IPL).