Device for composing or editing a string of characters

  • US 6,232,969 B1
  • Filed: 11/27/1998
  • Issued: 05/15/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/27/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A device for composing or editing a string of characters representing information, comprising:

  • a character string display for displaying a character string being composed or edited;

    a character selection display for displaying a set of characters for use in composing or editing the character string;

    a microprocessor for activating the character selection display to display the character set in a display area in which at least some of the individual characters of the set are arranged relative to a designated location in the display area at distances according to decreasing frequency of use, the designated location being centrally located in the display area such that characters may be arranged on opposite sides of the designated location;

    the microprocessor displaying a cursor in the character selection display area;

    an interface for moving the cursor from one character to another in the character selection display for indicating a desired character to be selected;

    the microprocessor effecting selection of said desired character;

    the microprocessor automatically moving the cursor to said designated location after the selection of a desired character has been effected.

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