You can configure jws via some environment variables:
JFONT (default "font"): name of the font file
JFONT_CF (default "font.cf"): name of the font scaling configuration file
JWS_KEYMAP (default "keymap"): name of the keyboard map file, containing key redefinitions and jws commands
JWS_KEY_FALLBACK (default "none"): "f" (full) means every undefined key/modifier pair is taken from xmodmap, "b" (blank) means every completely undefined key is taken from xmodmap
JWS_TERM (default "jterm"): name and parameters for the terminal client
JWS_LOCK (default "jlock"): name and parameters for the screen lock client
JWS_REQ (default "jreq"): name and parameters for the exit confirmation client
JSERVER (default $DISPLAY): host and port of jws, for jterm/jlock/jreq
If you're desperate, you can also configure some things directly in the source, notably in src/strings.c and gamma and colors in src/fontcache.c.
Empty lines and lines beginning with a tab are treated as comments and ignored. Every other line defines the mapping of one key.
The line begins with the Keysym of the key as defined with xmodmap. You can specify any Keysym, no matter whether it's only reachable with a modifier. Alternatively you can give a Keycode directly with "=xx" as a hex number. The rest of the line consists of zero or more definitions for the actions generated by the key if used with modifiers. Each single definition is preceded by a tab.
A definition entry consists of an optional list of modifiers, a "!" marking the key/modifier pair as to be grabbed by jws, or another list of modifiers preceded by a "?" marking those modifiers as to be ignored, a "=" and an action.
Valid modifiers are "s" (shift), "l" (lock), "c" (control), "m" (meta), "a" (alt), and "1" - "5" (mod1 - mod5).
Valid actions are "\!w01" - "\!w32" for switching to an existing window, "\!s01" - "\!s32" for swapping the current window to a new position, "\!lock" for starting the JWS_LOCK client, "\!x11" for switching to the X screen, "\!restart" for restarting jws, "\!exit" for exiting jws (after a confirmation requested by the JWS_REQ client), "\!launch" for starting a new JWS_TERM client, "\!compose" for introducing a key compose sequence, and one or more characters separated by ",".
Characters can be specified by writing them verbatim (allowed for "!" - "~" except "\"), or as "\^A" - "\^_" for control characters (lowercase is also allowed), or as "\\" for "\", or as a two character hex number (lowercase or uppercase) preceded by "\".
Each entry consists of 10 numbers (and any non-number is interpreted as end of file).
The first two numbers determine the original size of the font, the second two determine the scaled down size of the font, the rest are two pairs of three determining the scaling parameters in the x and y directions.
The file is scanned line by line for an entry that matches the actual original size of the font and the desired new width (that is the width of the jws window divided by 80 and the number of windows and rounded down). If no entry matches, an entry of the form "old_w old_h new_w new_h 0 new_w old_w 0 new_w old_w" with an appropriately scaled new height is assumed.
The scaling parameter triple consists of an offset and scaling factor enumerator and denominator. The pixels are shifted down respectively to the right by offset/denominator and scaled by enumerator/denominator.
This is what could be used with a Dec LK401 keyboard:
Excerpts from "lk401" (note that there may be no spaces except in comments):
F1 (grabbed) = switch to window 1, Ctrl-F1 (grabbed) = move window to position 1 F1 !=\!w01 c!=\!s01 Delete = delete character, regardless of modifiers Delete ?macs=\7f Alt-O = oe, Shift-Alt-O = Oe, Meta-O (grabbed) = launch a jterm o a=\f6 sa=\d6 m!=\!launch Meta-Alt-Enter (grabbed) = restart jws KP_Enter ma!=\!restart Cursor Up = Esc O A Up =\1b,O,A
An example "font.cf" with the first line being the same as the default values and the other three modified values for those font sizes:
51 93 8 15 0 8 51 0 8 51 51 93 7 13 0 7 51 13 13 93 51 93 8 15 0 8 51 0 15 93 51 93 10 20 0 10 51 20 20 93
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