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Starts the Keyb program, which configures a keyboard for a specific language. Use Keyb to configure a keyboard for a language other than United States English. For an introduction to the Keyb program, see the chapter "Customizing for International Use" in the MS-DOS User's Guide. Syntax At the command prompt, use the following syntax: KEYB [xx[,[yyy][,[drive:][path]filename]]] [/E] [/ID:nnn] In your CONFIG.SYS file, use the following syntax: INSTALL=[[dos-drive:]dos-path]KEYB.COM [xx[,[yyy][,[drive:][path]filename]]] [/E] [/ID:nnn] Parameters xx Specifies the code for a keyboard layout. See the table at the end of this topic for a list of valid values for this parameter. yyy Specifies the character set (code page). See the table at the end of this topic for a list of valid values for this parameter. If this value is not specified, KEYB uses the current character set. [drive:][path]filename Specifies the location and name of the keyboard definition file. The default filename is KEYBOARD.SYS. If KEYBOARD.SYS is in a directory included in the path, you do not have to specify these parameters. (MS-DOS 6.22 includes two keyboard definition files: KEYBOARD.SYS, the default file, and KEYBRD2.SYS, which provides support for keyboards not included in KEYBOARD.SYS. For information about using KEYBRD2.SYS, see the COUNTRY.HTM file.) [dos-drive:]dos-path Specifies the location of the KEYB.COM file. Switches /E Specifies that an enhanced keyboard is installed. Use this switch if you are using an enhanced keyboard with an 8086 computer. /ID:nnn Specifies the keyboard in use. This switch is valid only for countries that have more than one keyboard layout for the same language (France, Italy, and the United Kingdom). See the following table for a list of valid values for nnn. Values for xx, yyy, and nnn The following table shows the valid values for xx, yyy, and nnn for each country or language supported by KEYBOARD.SYS: Country or Keyboard layout Character set Keyboard language (xx value) (yyy value) identification (ID:nnn value)
Belgium be 850, 437 Brazil br 850, 437 Canadian-French cf 850, 863 Czechoslovakia cz 852, 850 (Czech) Czechoslovakia sl 852, 850 (Slovak) Denmark dk 850, 865 Finland su 850, 437 France fr 850, 437 120, 189 Germany gr 850, 437 Hungary hu 852, 850 Italy it 850, 437 141, 142 Latin America la 850, 437 Netherlands nl 850, 437 Norway no 850, 865 Poland pl 852, 850 Portugal po 850, 860 Spain sp 850, 437 Sweden sv 850, 437 Switzerland sf 850, 437 (French) Switzerland sg 850, 437 (German) United Kingdom uk 850, 437 166, 168 United States us 850, 437 Yugoslavia yu 852, 850 This list includes only keyboards supported by the KEYBOARD.SYS file. For a list of keyboards supported by the KEYBRD2.SYS file, see the COUNTRY.HTM file. Related Command For information about using active and prepared character sets, see the <CHCP> command.
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