Using OfficePower on a Notebook PC
The OfficePower Standard Keyboard mapping is designed for use on
terminals or PCs with industry-standard "102-key" keyboards. The
mapping can also be used on the 101-key variant used in the US and
elsewhere, and on the 104/5/7/8 key variants that have appeared
recently. There can be problems using this mapping if your
keyboard is of a different layout, such as the keyboards commonly
found on "notebook" PCs.
Every notebook PC model tends to have a unique keyboard layout,
which (due to space constraints) has less than 102 keys. However,
almost all current or recent notebooks have an additional "shift"
key, normally labelled Fn, which permits you to emulate the
missing keys. For example, it is common for the combination Fn + M to emulate
the Number Pad 0 key on a full-size keyboard, which OfficePower
treats as Reject.
If your notebook can emulate ALL the keystrokes available on a
102-key keyboard, you can use the OfficePower Standard Keyboard
mapping on that PC. Not all notebooks can emulate all the required
keystrokes, however, and a common omission is Number Pad Enter,
which OfficePower uses as Accept.
Some notebooks (including all ICL notebooks from the NB386L to the
CD120S) use Fn and Return to emulate Number Pad Enter - so, on
these PCs, Fn + Return is Accept in OfficePower terms. On at
least some of the newer Fujitsu Lifebook range, and on some
notebook PCs from other suppliers, this invaluable feature is
missing - even though all other necessary keystrokes are available
Fn + Return on a Lifebook is interpreted as Return, and you
have no Accept key.
(Of course, you can live without an Accept key in OfficePower for
Windows, as you can select "Accept" from the toolbar or pop-up
menu using the mouse, instead of using the keyboard - but most
users would probably prefer to have an Accept key as well.)
OfficePower allows users to define their own keyboard mappings for
OfficePower for Windows on nonstandard keyboards, using the
terminal.upd-kbd function of OP, followed by terminal.topc-kbd to
transfer it to the PC. These functions let you produce your own
personal mapping for use of OP4W on notebook PCs.
To meet the specific requirements of the Lifebook range, and other
notebook PCs where the only "missing" key is Number Pad Enter,
TeamWARE Group have produced a keyboard mapping file that remaps just the
Accept key in the Standard mapping. The lifebook.kb file amends the OP keyboard mapping so that Accept
is now Alt + Return. In consequence, the Nonbreaking Return key,
which was originally Alt + Return, has been moved to Alt + G.
To install the amended keyboard mapping:
- Download the zipped keyboard file to the Lifebook as c:\op4w\lifebook.zip
(amend the path if you installed OP4W elsewhere than C:\OP4W)
- Unzip the file to produce c:\op4w\lifebook.kb
- Run c:\op4w\pwconfig.exe. Double click on the Keyboard icon
or bar. The OfficePower Keyboard field will currently say
PW101. Click the Browse button next to it, and select
c:\op4w\lifebook.kb, then click OK
Next time you open an OP4W Terminal (WVT) window, it'll use the
amended mapping. If you want to revert to the standard mapping,
repeat step 3 above, but select c:\op4w\pw101.kb - users who want
to use the Lifebook's own keyboard away from the office, but plug
in a normal 102-key keyboard in the office may want to switch
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