How to create/program a new keyboard?

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I would like to create a new keyboard.  One that fits a particular need.  I do not know how to build one, what parts to use, or how to program a driver for it.  Basically, I really have no idea what I'm talking about.  So here is my question:  What do I need to learn to make this happen?  In other words, what do I need to know, where do I need to go to educate myself on how to make this happen?  Are there websites about this?  Is there a particular college path I should consider?  Are there any books that could help guide me in the right direction?
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Here's some info.  All a keyboard is is a set of microswitches connected to a small processor to interpret the Scan Codes generated, which then sends them to the PC.  There, they are stored in the keyboard buffer, and executed by the cpu accordingly

the most useful:
http://www.beyondlogic.org/keyboard/keybrd.htm

bit hardcore:
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/usr/jmcm/www/info/key2.txt

http://webster.cs.ucr.edu/AoA/DOS/ch20/CH20-1.html
and
http://webster.cs.ucr.edu/Page_win32/IczelionTuts/tut6.html

but basically, depending on your needs, knowledge of microelectronics, and assembler are going to be pretty core skills.  But, if you have as you say a particular need in mind, I'd see whether a nearby manufacturer could help you out.  just google for Custom Keyboards and there's everything out there - Point of Sale terminals, ones for Disabled users, Kids, specialist needs, the works...

hth, Danny

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Thanks Danny

That was exactly the start I was looking for.  
Danny ChildIT Manager

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glad to be of service.  Ta for the points and grade.

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