Will Wayland also ship with broken keyboard layout switching?

Daniel Stone daniel at fooishbar.org
Tue Oct 2 18:39:39 PDT 2012


On 3 October 2012 05:34, Bill Spitzak <spitzak at gmail.com> wrote:
> Having read the bug, it seems extremely specific to layout switching with
> shift+ctrl.

It's not.

> However there are a lot of other identical bugs that prevent
> things that are common on Windows from working on X:
> 1. One post mentions that hitting the "windows" key does some action, but
> that makes it impossible to do windows+X shortcuts. On Windows itself the
> "windows" key action only happens if you press & release it without hitting
> other keys.

Unrelated to XKB.

> 2. I am also aware of a nice "compose key" prefix system for Windows that
> cannot be done on X. It uses the "ctrl" keys for the compose key. You press
> & release ctrl and then type the compose sequence. However you cannot do
> this on X without breaking all the ctrl+letter shortcuts! This compose key
> prefix is a hell of a lot better than shift+altGr or whatever X uses, which
> is shameful because otherwise X is much better than Windows at compose.

Unrelated to XKB.

> I would propose that the key->event translator knows what keys are "shift"
> keys. You can bind actions to them. However the action is only triggered if
> the shift key is pressed & released without pressing any other keys in
> between. For all other keys the bound action is triggered when the key is
> pressed.



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