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Title: US4873662: Information handling system and terminal apparatus therefor
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Inventor: Sargent, Desmond J.; Felixstowe, United Kingdom

Assignee: The Post Office United Kingdom
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Published / Filed: 1989-10-10 / 1980-08-15

Application Number: US1980000178307

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 3/02; G06F 3/14; G06F 3/153; G06F 13/00; H04M 11/00; H04M 11/06; H04M 11/08;
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IPC-7: G06F 13/00;

ECLA Code: G06F3/02; G06F3/153; H04M11/08B;

U.S. Class: Current: 711/200; 379/093.25;
Original: 364/900; 364/957.3; 364/963;

Field of Search: 364/200 MS File,900 MS File 434/323,322

Priority Number:
1976-07-20  GB1976000030137

Abstract:     Informaton for display at a terminal apparatus of a computer is stored in blocks the first part of which contains the information which is actually displayed at the terminal and the second part of which contains information relating to the display and which may be used to influence the display at the time or in response to a keyboard entry signal. For example, the second part of the block could include information for providing the complete address of an another block which would be selected by the operation of a selected key of the keyboard. The second part of the block could alternatively influence the format and/or color of the display at the terminal. When a block is read from the store of the computer the second part is retained in another store which may be located in the terminal or in the computer itself or perhaps both. The invention is particularly useful in reducing the complexity of the operating protocol of the computer.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Nixon & Vanderhye ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Chan, Eddie P.;

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US1977000814922 1977-07-12       


       
Parent Case:     This is a continuation of application Ser. No. 814,922, filed 7/12/77, now abandoned.

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What is claimed is:     1. A digital information storage, retrieval and display system comprising:
  • a central computer means in which plural blocks of information are stored at respectively corresponding locations, each of which locations is designated by a predetermined address therein by means of which a block can be selected, each of said blocks comprising a first portion containing information for display and a second portion containing information not for display but including the complete address for each of plural other blocks of information;
  • plural remote terminal means, each including (a) modem means for effecting input/output digital data communication with said central computer means via the telephone lines of a telephone network, (b) local memory for locally storing digital data representing at least the first portion of the selected block of information received via said modem means from the central computer, (c) display means for visually displaying such a locally stored first portion of a block of information and (d) key pad means connected to communicate data to at least said modem means for manual entry of keyed digital data; and
  • further memory means being provided as a part of said central computer means for receiving and storing said second portion of the block of information selected by a particular terminal means in response to the selection of the block and when its respective first portion is transmitted to that terminal means for display, said central computer means utilizing keyed digital data from that particular terminal means of less extent than any one of said complete addresses for another block of information but nevertheless uniquely indicative of one of the complete addresses contained in said portion of the block of information which contains the first portion then being displayed by that particular terminal means for selectively accessing the part of said further memory means associated with that particular terminal means and for supplying the complete address of the next block of information which is to be retrieved for that particular terminal means and utilized for display purposes at that terminal means.


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Other Abstract Info: DERABS G77-K3673Y

Other References:
  • NTZ, vol. 28, No. 6, 1975-6, German Language article.
  • Nachrichtentechnische Zeitschrift, vol. 28, No. 6, Jun. 1975, pp. 214-218.
  • IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin, vol. 16, No. 9, Feb. 1974, pp. 2932-2934.
  • AFIPS Joint Computer Conference 1976, vol. 45, Proc. Nat. Comp. Conf. NY, 7-10 Jun. 1976, pp. 789-794.
  • "Design of Man--Computer Dialogues", J. Martin, Prentice-Hall (1973), pp. 110-120.
  • "Computer System Organisation & Programming", Science Research Associates Inc., H. Katzan (May 1976), pp. 318-334.
  • "Teletext Data Decoding--The LSI Approach", by Brian Norris and Bob Parsons, pp. 1-7, of unknown date.
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  • IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin, vol. 16, No. 9, Feb. 1974, "Message Control for Computer Output Display", by Hartman et al., pp. 2932-2934.


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