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SILKey for Macintosh
SILKey is a suite of programs that can be used to modify the behavior of the Macintosh keyboard when typing in any standard Macintosh word processor or other text-editing program. Written by Jonathan Kew, it is very similar to, but is not based on, the Keyman program for Windows.
Unicode and Mac OS X
SILKey runs only in "classic" Mac OS; it cannot be used with "native" Mac OS X applications. For custom Mac OS X keyboards based on the Unicode standard, the keyboard layout editor Ukelele may be of interest, or see other links in the Input Resources category.
SILKey system components
- SILKey Extension: a small extension that allows SILKey to monitor the key sequences being typed, no matter what application is in use.
- SILKey: the application that actually processes the keystrokes as you type, following the instructions in a keyboard file.
- Weaver: the keyboard editor and compiler.
- Documentation: text and tutorial on using SILKey and writing keyboard files.
- Support for complex, multiple key sequences
- Support for context sensitive data entry
- Can prevent illegal character combinations from being entered into a document
- Keyboard behaviors can be linked to new or existing Macintosh system keyboard files
- Syntax very similar to Keyman for Windows
- Works in any Macintosh application
- Requires very little memory or disk space
- Mac OS System 7 to 9 (including Classic mode in Mac OS X).
- Version 1.0 - May 1996
- Version 1.1 - December 1996
- Version 1.2 - March 1998
SILKey is copyrighted freeware and may be freely distributed, but not sold for profit.
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