A method and apparatus for hardware input devices provides context
sensitive labels which can change according to an application running on
a computer and/or the function assigned to an input element. An
illustrative implementation of the method and apparatus includes
employing ink having two or more electroluminescent pattern layers with
an input device. Based on the context of a computer associated with the
input device, an illuminated pattern identifies the current functionality
of one or more of the inputs of the input device.