The Question is:
I use the Dvorak layout on my PC's at home and on my other work PC, however on
my Alpha (running OpenVMS 7.3 and DECWindows 1.2-6) I cannot figure out how to
either change the layout to Dvorak or remap the keys to reflect a Dvorak
layout. What would be th
e best way to switch DECWindows to Dvorak?
The Answer is :
OpenVMS itself does not provide support for converting to or from a Dvorak
keyboard layout, nor is the OpenVMS Wizard aware of an available Dvorak
keyboard supported by OpenVMS.
Assuming DECwindows is in use, you might attempt to use a Dvorak keyboard
with the system -- assuming that the keyboard supports scanset 3, it will
probably work with X Windows and thus with OpenVMS. (The third-party
keyboards that have support for scanset 3 -- support for key-up and
key-down, in particular -- will also tend to list support for one or
more X Windows platforms.)
If you are willing to operate with mislabeled keycaps or you are willing
(entirely unsupported, of course, and can easily and irreparably damage
your keyboard) to pry off and redistribute keycaps across the keyboard,
you could conceivably remap a supported keyboard using the X Windows key
mapping mechanisms. At least one site is apparently offering a Dvorak
DECW$KEYMAP key mapping file for DECwindows.