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From: "Frank Bemelman"
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Subject: Re: Contract Dispute questions.
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 22:43:26 +0100
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"klmok" schreef in bericht
> On Wed, 20 Nov 2002 16:42:23 GMT, Spehro Pefhany
> It is for a cutdown computer keyboard display with 66 keys identical
> to a standard PC keyboard . This is the main program written by the
> engineer. Plus another screen with just 8 signage style icons.
> Think of one finger typing. Each letter, number or keyboard control
> key is highlighted in sequence. The user clicks a switch to send the
> highlighted letter to the word processing page.
What kind of display, monochrome, color, 1/4 VGA ? What do you mean
with 'another screen with just 8 signage style icons', is that a second
LCD-screen, a touch-screen perhaps?
> 5 more are non standard keys . Three are used to select one of 3
> foreign language keyboard layouts (programming not attempted), one to
> toggle back to the 8 icon display. and one to select a mouse (disables
> the keyboard function while the mouse is being used.) The mouse is
> entirely hardware circuit although he originally promised to implement
> it in software.
What is this '5 more are non standard keys'? Are these mechanical
switches? How do you operate a mouse in software? By touching a
touch-screen? From how many mouses can you select one? Which
keyboard should be disabled, the real one, or the virtual one
that is simulated to the main PC?
> Think of changing the plastic keytops on your keyboard. Only the
> visual appearance of the keyboard letters is changed for the
> alternative keyboard layouts. The keycodes sent to the PC are exactly
> the same as from a standard PC keyboard.. Commercial foreign language
> software packages take care of the actual PC screen display.
Is that a problem, that the keycodes sent to the PC are exactly the
same? Did you give them a list with the required translation? Is the
PC screen display correct, using the commercial foreign software,
or is there a problem with that as well?
> On startup the default LCD screen is the 8 icon display. Click on the
> PC icon when it is highlighted and up pops the simplified QWERTY
> keyboard layout. That's all the 8 icon display can do.
Click with what? Is there a mouse that moves a cursor over the 8 icon
lcd-screen? Or is it the monitor (lcd?) connected to the PC, where
this icon appears on, and which should be 'clicked' upon?
> The other 7 icons are meant to access control ports for other devices.
> No development work was done on this although it is the third item
> written into the contract the first two being the mouse and the
> keyboard. Therefore Phase 1 was never anywhere near completion.
Which other 7 icons? You said there were 5 other keys? What happened
to the other two? Phase 1 was the mouse, Phase 2 the keyboard and
Phase 3 a bunch of 'other' devices. Since we are stuck in phase1,
why complain about the keyboard, which belongs to phase2 ?
> Nothing is novel and nothing is patentable as described so far.
> (I had designed a custom keyboard layout to facilitate scanning. This
> visual is patentable but not worth the effort.)
> How much coding work (time) and program size (lines) would the above
> project take?
This can go on for months. Watch me ;)
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