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reprogramming the 5c keyboard 'blank' key?

Discussion in 'Sun Hardware' started by Arthur Wouk, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. Arthur Wouk

    Arthur Wouk Guest

    in reading mail digests on my suns, i often want to skip through to
    each Subject: line in turn, reading a bit, and then move on. it
    would be convenient to have /^Subj/ be available on a key. the blank
    key next to the help key is an appropriate target for this. is it

    if not, is there any other good candidate for a sacrifice to this
    Arthur Wouk, Oct 14, 2005
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  2. Arthur Wouk

    Glenn Guest

    That key is programmable to emit a single keycode (as defined in
    /usr/include/X11/keysymdef.h), not a string. For instance:

    /usr/openwin/bin/xmodmap -e 'keycode 22 = currency'

    You would then have to set up some kind of macro in your mail reader
    to translate this symbol (¤ in this example) into whatever string
    does your desired task. For greatest convenience, set up the keyboard
    mapping so it is executed on every login (CDE in this example):

    % cat ~/.dt/sessions/sessionetc
    # Make the blank key next to the Help key on a Sun Type 5 UNIX
    # keyboard emit something useful and unique that we can refer to
    # in applications like FrameMaker.
    $XDIR/xmodmap -e 'keycode 22 = blank'
    Glenn, Oct 14, 2005
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  3. Just be aware that if you're using something with a Type 6 USB US/Unix
    keyboard, the blank key is indistinguishable from the Props key. AFAIK,
    that's a hardware limitation.
    Richard L. Hamilton, Oct 24, 2005
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