Keyboard Simulator ('Key Caps')

Sarah Reichelt sarah.reichelt at
Mon Sep 25 17:29:11 EDT 2006

On 9/26/06, Graham Samuel <livfoss at> wrote:
> I am starting work on an app (cross-platform Mac & PC) where the user
> will be allowed to select certain characters from the repertoire of a
> chosen font: the easiest way to do this visually - at least for the
> Roman alphabet, which is what I need - is by showing a graphic
> representation of a keyboard with the appropriate layout (varies by
> country) and allowing the user to click on a character, with the
> modifier keys (shift etc) working as they do on the real keyboard.
> Apple used to have a Desk Accessory called Key Caps which did just
> that - perhaps this has now been replaced by the Font Panel or the
> Character Palette, neither of which seem to do what I want. I'm not
> sure if Windows XP has/had such a utility.
> Has any lister had to offer this feature, and if so, how did they do
> it? Any pointers gratefully received.


I have done this for a kiosk app with no attached keyboard. I only
allow Shift & Caps Lock, not any of the other modifiers, but I'm happy
to send you a demo stack if you would like to use it as a starting


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