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From: "John Hupp" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 1:26 PM
Subject: [Freedos-user] KEYB UX has unexpected results
The default DOS configuration created by the SR 2 bootable CD distro
included this line in FDAUTO/AUTOEXEC.BAT:
LH KEYB UX,,C:\FDOS\bin\keybrd3.sys
As I was working with a machine and checking out the installation, I
thought I had a bad keyboard, since the apostrophe/quotation mark and
grave accent/tilde keys were not working for me.
What I finally figured out was that the keyboard was fine, but that the
keyboard command above installed an International US layout rather than a
standard US layout, and that these two layouts differ on their handling of
I expect that this is by design, and that perhaps the brutish American
(that would be me), should just develop better international DOS skills.
I also understand now that KEYB, like NLSFUNC + CHCP, and DISPLAY + MODE
CON CODEPAGE, (and probably COUNTRY) are part of the provision for FreeDOS
International support, and that if I am happy with FreeDOS defaults -
which are probably US standard - then I can simply delete all those
devices and commands.
Well, I don't know about FreeDOS defaults (if I'm right, it's the user who
selects keyboard layout on installation time) - all I can tell you is that
you are right; you can dismiss all those commands if you will use a regular
US keyboard to type english only.
I imagine that the FreeDOS team will include ample documentation of the
installation defaults and FreeDOS International support as development
continues toward v1.0. But I thought it might be useful for someone to
know how the default installation played for one user.
I tried my best to provide the most possibly detailed and comprehensive
documentation on what regards keyboard layouts and codepages. If I failed
for any reason, please let me know. My e-mail address is available on the
documentation of, respectively, CPIDOS (The codepage pack) and KPDOS (the
keyboard layout pack) as well. On the KPDOS documentation you'll find a file
named "US-INTL.TXT" which will probably provide you with all the explanation
Have a nice day,
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