keysym — The symbolic name of a key on a keyboard.


keysym ::=


The keysym identifies the symbolic name of a key on a computer keyboard. This is distinct from any scan code that it may generate (keycode), or any text (keycap) that might be printed on the key.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline.


Common linking attributes.

any attribute

Any attribute in any other explicit namespace


The following elements occur in keysym: text, abbrev, acronym, alt, anchor, annotation, biblioref, coref, date, emphasis (db._emphasis), firstterm (db._firstterm), footnote, footnoteref, foreignphrase (db._foreignphrase), glossterm (db._glossterm), indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), inlinemediaobject, link, olink, phrase (db._phrase), quote (db._quote), remark, replaceable, subscript, superscript, trademark, wordasword, xref.


 1 |<article xmlns=''>
   |<title>Example keysym</title>
   |<para>The <keycap>F1</keycap> key on an IBM PC keyboard generates the
 5 |scan code <keycode>0x3B</keycode> when pressed.  This value
   |is defined as <keysym>KEY_F1</keysym> in 
   |<filename class="headerfile">keyboard.h</filename>.
10 |</article>

The F1 key on an IBM PC keyboard generates the scan code 0x3B when pressed. This value is defined as KEY_F1 in keyboard.h.