New manufacturing data flags for keyboards (2nd draft).

Bernardo Innocenti bernie at
Sat Oct 6 18:08:36 EDT 2007

Mitch Bradley wrote:

> One solution would be to include a lot of keymaps in OFW and select one 
> based on the new KL tag.  However, I'm not keen on having to carry 
> around a lot of keymaps in the ROM, and extend that list from time to time.

There's also a trivial, "good enough" solution to the problem: don't
do anything.

All non-US computer users like me have learned to live with it, and
it's not as bad as it may seem to US users.  In Italian, French and
German layouts, there are typically just a few misplaced keys you
need to care about... and those you don't remember are easy to find
by trial and error.

Really, if it's just for system recovery tasks, then it's just for
techies. And if they're technical enough to type shell and forth
commands, they're also going to understand the issue rather than
complain "my keys are messed up, I'm lost!".

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