Variable Keyboard Personality
Original Publication Date: 1979-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-20
Typewriters utilizing changable typefonts require changeable keyboard personalities since a particular key location may specify a character such as a "M" requiring high impact velocity, while the same key position when utilizing a different font could specify a character requiring low impact velocity. When utilizing a microprocessor to specify character identification information (e.g., print element location and print velocity) in response to keybutton depression, it is typical to utilize a read-only memory unit in conjunction with the processor to provide the character identification information. Since a unique part must be provided for each keyboard variation, the number of unique parts for all possible keyboard variations is quite large.