Re: unicode values for keyboard keys?

From: Mark Leisher (
Date: Wed Jul 30 1997 - 11:16:48 EDT

    Erik> It provides a reasonable, if incomplete, set of codes. We might
    Erik> also want to look at X keysysms as another source of "key labels" --
    Erik> since X11R6.1, X includes keysyms for all of the ISO characters plus
    Erik> a bunch of other common and/or useful keys.

X keysyms are OK if you don't mind the strings encoded in the host portable
character set (iso8859-1). For better coverage of keycap engravings, pick up
the "xkeycaps" program by Jamie Zawinski from

Xkeycaps has keycap engravings (and physical keyboard geometries as well) for
approximately 130 keyboards used with machines that run X11. Even those
keycap engravings are not complete, but it is a good starting point with much
broader coverage than the X keysyms.
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