|Keyboard Configuration and Usage|
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Typing With Ten FingersMany people happen to use only something like six fingers for typing. Using the others is astonishingly easy. See the Ten Finger Page.
X11 Keyboard ModmapsThe keyboard is the most important input device, and I have spent quite some time to set up my X11 keyboard layout. I prefer the QWERTY layout because it makes programming a lot easier over the QWERTZ layout that is common in Germany. I've put the German umlauts (ÄäÖöÜüß) on the combinations AltGr-A, AltGr-a, and so on. Unfortunately, every vendor uses his own keycodes, so there are different files for different architectures. The files are loaded with 'xmodmap .xmodmap-name'.
Detecting the Keyboad TypeThere is no straightforward way to detect the type of keyboard that is connected to the X server. I've written a small program to check the X server vendor string to decide whethere a PC, sun, or NCD keyboard is used. Of course, this is not infallible, but at least it's a starting point. (If you have a better idea, please let me know.)
Happy Hacking Keyboard (HHKB)The HHKB is a very small keyboard by PFU. Some time ago, I wrote a keyboard layout description for xkeycaps.
|Christoph Berg | Page last changed Wed Sep 13 17:31:04 2006 CET|