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1. CA2287880 - TAPE MEASURE WITH MANUAL ENTRY ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT RECORDING FEATURE

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The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:
1. A distance measuring and recording device comprising: a housing; an extendible and retractable flexible tape contained within the housing; a display connected to the housing and having at least one numeric field contained therein; and at least one manually activatable entry button for selecting incrementing or decrementing a numeric value contained in the numeric field.
2. The device of Claim 1, wherein the at least one manually activatable entry button comprises up and down buttons for incrementing and decrementing, respectively, the numeric value contained in the numeric field.
3. The device of Claim 1, further comprising: a save button for storing the numeric value contained in the numeric field; and a recall button for displaying a previously stored numeric value.
4. The device of Claim 1, wherein the display includes a plurality of numeric fields, and wherein the device further includes a set button for modifying the numeric field that is incremented or decremented by the manually activatable entry button.
5. The device of Claim 4, wherein the display includes at least three distinct numeric fields, each numeric field corresponding to a distinct unit of measurement.
6. The device of Claim 5, wherein the display includes a first numeric field indicative of the number of feet in a measurement; second field indicative of the number of inches in a measurement, and a third field indicative of the number of fractional parts of an inch in a measurement.
7. The device of Claim 6, further comprising a toggle button for toggling the device between an English system of measurement and a metric system of measurement.
8. The device of Claim 7, wherein the keypad includes keys that are sized to discretely receive a person's gloved finger.
9. A method of measuring a distance and recording the resultant measurements, comprising: (a) providing a measuring tape having a housing including a keypad and a display, the keypad including at least one manually activatable numeric increment or decrement button, the display including at least one numeric field indicative of a measurement; (b) extending the measuring tape across a distance to be measured; (c) using the measuring tape to obtain a measurement; and (d) selectively pressing the numeric increment or decrement button to modify a numeric value contained in the numeric field of the display.
10. The method of Claim 9, wherein the keypad includes a save button and a recall button, the method further comprising: pressing the save button to store the numeric value currently displayed within the display; and pressing the recall button to retrieve a previously stored value.
11. The method of Claim 10, wherein the display includes a plurality of numeric fields, and wherein the keypad includes a set button, the method further comprising: pressing the set button to change the numeric field that is controlled by the numeric increment or decrement button.