Category : Utilities for DOS and Windows Machines
Archive   : AUTOKEY.ZIP
Filename : README.DOC

Output of file : README.DOC contained in archive : AUTOKEY.ZIP
AUTOKEY.COM and KEYCODE.EXE are programs written by Hardin Brothers for
PCResource Magazine. An edited version of AUTOKEY and the complete KEYCODE
appeared in the January 1989 issue of the magazine. These programs were
obtained from the Clone Phone BBS, which is operated by the magazine as a
service to its readers. The version of AUTOKEY that appeared in the January
issue was edited to save space (there were 9 entries in the table called
"code_table" -- see AUTOKEY.ASM).

The entire contents of the January 1989 issue of PCResource is
(c) Copyright 1988 by IDG Communications/Peterborough, Inc.

Hardin Brothers is PCResource's West Coast editor. Write to him at
280 N. Campus Ave., Upland, CA 91786. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped
envelope for a reply. You can also reach him through Compuserve's Easyplex
at 70007,1150.

AUTOKEY performs a similar function as the program I've heard of called
KEYFAKE. Basically, it stuffs the DOS keyboard buffer with keycodes you've
put in a "script" file. A program must be "well-behaved" with respect to
keyboard input to work with AUTOKEY -- MSKERMIT is a good example of a
program which is well-behaved. A sample key-script file is included. Note
that AUTOKEY is case-sensitive when typing special non-printing keycodes
like 'cT' in the script file. Refer to "code_table" in AUTOKEY.ASM
for all the special keycodes. The special keycode NL causes a one-eighteenth
second pause.


1. Some programs empty the BIOS keyboard buffer before waiting for input.
For those programs, just add an extra keystroke like 'xy' instead of
'y' in the script.
2. Never run AUTOKEY after 'shelling-out' to DOS. Never run the program
from a batch file called by another batch file (this goes for any TSR
program, by the way, not just AUTOKEY).. It's OK to run the program from
a batch file, but don't let that batch file start another.
3. Don't use AUTOKEY to start a batch file.
4. Don't run TSRs with AUTOKEY.

Other notes:

"It works good." I dunno about you, but I liked it...

  3 Responses to “Category : Utilities for DOS and Windows Machines
Archive   : AUTOKEY.ZIP
Filename : README.DOC

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: