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    If the man who wanted to change his semicolon to a colon, okay, he uses whatever program to change it. Now if he wants to change the original colon to a semicolon, and he enters as a destination what the key says is a semicolon, he won’t get a semicolon because the semicolon was overwritten with a colon. You can’t tell the software “make this a semicolon” because the semicolon doesn’t exist any more. Both positions on the key call up a colon.

    You would have to temporarily make some unused key a semicolon so you still have it.



    I missed just what this was pertaining to, but. . .

    Temporarily, you can generate almost any character using the ALT key. At least this worked in DOS, and I guess it still does.

    If you hold down the ALT key and hit the 0 5 8 key sequence on the numeric keypad, then let up on the ALT key, you will get a colon.

    And, if you use the 0 5 9 sequence, then you get the semicolon.

    Handy for dropping a cent mark in somewhere — use the 1 3 5 and you get ç. Useful for dropping an an occasional foreign character, also.


    It should be possible, because the operating system doesn’t see colons and semicolons, it sees a lower-level representation of the keys. For example on Linux they’re called keycodes or scancodes. There’s a table that translates these into the key symbols. You just need to change it so the normal press generates a colon and the shifted press generates a semicolon.

    xmodmap -e "keycode 47 = colon semicolon"

    The above command would accomplish what the caller was asking. I’ve no idea how to do it in Windows but there should be a way.

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