[SCIM] Re: scim and meta-key

Jon-o Addleman jonathan.addleman at mail.mcgill.ca
Wed Oct 6 19:49:15 UTC 2004

On Wed, Oct 06, 2004 at 09:36:14PM +0200, Mike FABIAN spake thusly:
> Jonathan Addleman <jonathan.addleman at mail.mcgill.ca> ?$B$5$s$O=q$-$^$7$?:
> > I still find it odd that scim would interfere with the input that's
> > already working though, especially when it's inactive - I would think
> > that, until you hit ctrl-space, scim wouldn't affect anything at all.
> > But I don't pretend to understand the low-level workings of it.
> All XIM servers prevent you from using compose and dead keys, not only
> SCIM. Actually even the newest version of SCIM doesn't let you use the
> compose and dead key mechanism of X11. But that doesn't matter as
> sufficiently new versions of SCIM have implemented a compose and deay
> key mechanism in SCIM which behaves the same as the compose and dead
> key mechanism in X11 does.

I guess that makes some sense. I'll definitely have to get the new
version then!

One question remains though, and I know it's kind of off-topic... But
why the $%#$%#$ is all the keyboard input handled through X? It makes no
sense to me whatsoever why a windowing system should be responsible for
hardware drivers and keyboard input methods. Very annoying...

Anyone know of a site somewhere that explains some of this? I gather
it's essentially historical reasons, but that doesn't explain why new
projects like gnome and kde keep implementing new things that should be

(forgive the rambling of an annoyed idealist)
Jon-o Addleman - http://redowl.dyndns.org

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