Hi again oasisbob!!!
I'm glad it helped
Now let's see if we can get it to work at start up. I'm not pretty sure how to make it starts automatically. But try this in this order, if does not work, try the next one, but do not delete what you've done previously. Perhaps some real Slackware fellow can help here
1 - Try making a copy from your xmodmap at /home/user using this code:
cp /usr/share/xmodmap/<your keyboard layout here> /home/user/.Xmodmap
Note: xmodmap has been renamed to .Xmodmap at your home directory. It's necessary, so stick with the code above
2 - If still not working, try this. Make a copy of your xmodmap to /etc/X11. This is an older procedure that is not necessary unless you have an older XFree86 (It can't be with Gentoo), yet, we never know how different distros works, so... Use this code:
cp /usr/share/xmodmap/<your keyboard layout here> /etc/X11/initrc/.Xmodmap
3 - If still not working, before you get mad at me, this is the last thing to do..hehe
. Open you xinitrc located at /etc/X11 and add a line with xmodmap < your keyboard layout here > right after the command which starts X. This is very personal, because I login in text mode, so maybe you have to put somewhere else if you start in graphical mode. Some peoples/distros have xinitrc at their home directory, so it's pretty much up to you where to add this line, at xinitrc or Xclients.
There's one problem using xmodmap though under Slackware. I don't know if you will face the same problem with Gentoo. After calling xmodmap, I'm unable to kill X using ctrl + alt + backspace. If you also face this problem and find a way around it please tell me
Good luck my friend. Hope this works