Keymaps. Keyboards. ...

Kirk Wood cpt.kirk at
Tue Nov 13 18:54:22 EST 2001

On Tue, 13 Nov 2001, Janina Sajka wrote:
> It's interesting to me that you get a scan code for the fn key. That 
> should prove valuable in the end, though I'm not in a position to advise 
> how to code for it. What I think would be very useful on the Thinkpad is 
> to create a key function, perhaps FN+Control that pops up the keyboard. 
> Thinkpads are great machines, but the Shift+ScrollLock thing to access the 
> pop up numeric has got to go.

You would use the program setkeycodes to start with. Check the
Keyboard-and-Console-HOWTO and it gives some info there. You might also
check the man pages. There is a way to add this into the keymap. As a
result, you should be able to remap any keycombo you want. Limitations
being that many keyboards won't handle more then three keys pressed at the
same time. I have tested two and found they ignore further keyevents once
three are pressed. Now I know why those keyboard braille programs aren't
any good.

Kirk Wood
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