Terminal keyboard

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Category: ConceptsOrigin: Official

Aka/also known as: mainframe keyboard, midrange keyboard

Terminal keyboards are those specifically designed for a computer terminal, a device that is used for entering data into and operating a larger host computer system such as a mainframe. Beyond the core alphabetic keys, terminal keyboards can differ significantly from PC-style keyboards and between each other as there were many types of host computers and many used specific families of terminals (such as IBM 3270 and 5250) that could differ in functionality. Data entry, data typewriter and console keyboards are examples of specific kinds of terminal keyboards. Terminal keyboards typically cannot be easily used with a modern PC.


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