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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000064981D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Quach, DA [+details]

Abstract

Programmers need to have a convenient way to interpret nondisplayable characters on a display screen. This is accomplished by adding a button to the keyboard which is labeled, for example, "DP". Initially, nothing is displayed on the status area of the screen. When the DP button is pushed once, data at the cursor is presented on the status area and interpreted as a character string. When the DP button is pushed again, cursor data is interpreted as a hex string. For example, if the four positions on the screen at the cursor contain "FIF2F4F5", the status area is blanked or contains either one of the lines 11000110 C6F1C6F2 -14607 -957233422 -158451060 (from Characters) 11110001 "1234" -3598 -235736076 -0.953150208 E+59 (from hex data)