United States Patent 7,603,142
Toebes , et al. October 13, 2009

Device, methods, and user interface for providing optimized entry of alphanumeric text

Abstract

The present invention includes a device, method, and user interface for providing optimized entry of alphanumeric text. In one form, a method for providing selectable characters within a user interface includes determining an operating mode of a communication device and receiving an input associated with a selected input key. The method determines a group of characters associated with the selected key based on the operating mode and displays the group of characters within the user interface. The user interface may display a first character of the group of characters within a first portion of the user interface and the group of characters proximal to the first character within a second portion of the user interface.


Inventors: Toebes; John A. (Cary, NC), Slain; Ilya N. (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Appl. No.: 11/101,918
Filed: April 8, 2005

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