Keyboard's keys mapping under OS 9 and
16 September 2004 update
03 October 2004 update
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
My aim is to be able to type a point "." without
involving the shift key: I more often type a point than a
The following tutorial can be used to move virtually any
key of the keyboard or to be able to use a PC keyboard.
The operation has to be done under OS 9 with a little add
for this handling being able to operate under X.
First in the OS 9 Control panels, keyboard configuration,
we check which keyboards are available.
In my case I use the "French" keyboard, not the "Belgium"
Why? Because for Apple, Belgium means Flemish and with such
a keyboard, a shift-"é" does not lead to an
"É" but an "é" :-(
We are going to modify the System main file: we operate
on a copy of this file. I take this file with the alt key
depressed and drag it to the desktop.
We open it with ResEdit; we go in the KCHR ressource.
We duplicate the ressource with ID "1" (France) by typing
We obtain ane ressource with a new ID (here 128) but with
the same name "France".
But we have to change its name; command-i on this
..and I rename it as "Dédé"...why not? ;-).
Charming isn't it?
The cursor points to the key to be modified.
We select the point (the black key image on the picture)
and we drag it to desired target place...
... the yellow arrow shows the movement...
... at the end, release the mouse button on the target
Save. It is advisory to assign the semicolon on the same
key but with the shift key enabled. Save again.
We extract the official "System" file from the current
System directory... for instance we drag it to the root of
the hard disk.
We drag onto the System folder the modified "System"
file. We restart the machine.
Back to the Control panel's keyboard configuration: we
enable the new keyboard...
... which is directly available...
... and now active.
Another tip: we copy the KCHR modified ressources.
In ResEdit, we create a new document in which we paste
this KCHR ressource.
We save this document.
With ResEdit again, we modify its Type and Creator.
Then simply drag this file onto the System folder.
16 September update
It is advisory to make a secure copy of
This file will be directly integrated to the running
system (if no application -except Finder- is running) and no
restart is required.
And for OS X?
Same. The file must be located in "library/Keyboard
Layouts" and must have the ".rsrc" extension.
Great isn't it?
16 September update
As Schlum stated here,
one have to logout/login again for the keyboard to be taken
03 October update
You directly wants the keyboard ressource? Just click
You will have a "DédéX.rsrc" file with my so
lovely figure as icon ;-)
-> put it in "library/Keyboard Layouts" and activate
it through the International Preferences, "Key in" sub-pane.