Soft keyboard display for a portable multifunction device

  • US 7,941,760 B2
  • Filed: 09/05/2007
  • Issued: 05/10/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method, comprising:

  • at a portable electronic device with a touch screen display;

    detecting a first gesture on the touch screen display;

    responding to the first gesture by displaying a first soft keyboard, the first soft keyboard containing a plurality of keys, the plurality of keys in the first soft keyboard including primarily letter keys, the plurality of keys in the first soft keyboard including a first keyboard selector key for selecting a second soft keyboard different from the first soft keyboard;

    detecting a second gesture on the touch screen display;

    responding to the second gesture by displaying the second soft keyboard, the second soft keyboard containing a plurality of keys, the plurality of keys in the second soft keyboard including;

    number keys, a set of frequently used punctuation keys, and a second keyboard selector key for selecting the first soft keyboard;

    detecting a third gesture on the touch screen display; and

    responding to the third gesture by displaying a third soft keyboard that is different from the first soft keyboard and the second soft keyboard, wherein;

    the third soft keyboard is made up primarily of punctuation keys and symbols and includes the set of frequently used punctuation keys;

    the first soft keyboard includes a key that, when activated, capitalizes the next letter chosen;

    the second soft keyboard includes a key that, when activated, initiates display of the third soft keyboard; and

    when the second soft keyboard is displayed, the key that, when activated, initiates display of the third soft keyboard is displayed at a location on the touch screen display that was previously occupied by the key in the first soft keyboard that, when activated, capitalizes the next letter chosen.

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