[RFC PATCH libinput 1/2] Add a string-based input API

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at who-t.net
Mon Dec 8 18:37:38 PST 2014

On Mon, Dec 08, 2014 at 11:03:58AM -0800, Bill Spitzak wrote:
> Shouldn't this use the same api as the input methods, since it is in fact an
> input method?

please explain

> On 12/07/2014 10:05 PM, Peter Hutterer wrote:
> >Some devices don't rely on keycodes + xkb layout but rather send a specific
> >keysym (or multiple) in response to physical button presses. This is the case
> >for chorded keyboards for example.
> >
> >This adds a new type of key event that provides UTF8 strings. The
> >press/release pair applies to this type as well, the exact behavior of when
> >the release event is sent is implementation dependent.
> >
> >Signed-off-by: Peter Hutterer <peter.hutterer at who-t.net>
> >Cc: Samuel Thibault <samuel.thibault at ens-lyon.org>
> >---
> >Not intending to merge this yet, this is supposed to spark some discussion.
> >We don't have real support for this in the kernel and I don't have access to
> >any device that really generates keysysms. PoC is in Patch 2, but in the
> >real world the device will likely be hooked up through some other means than
> >evdev.
> >
> >Until we have reliable testing and know what the details need to be for
> >device support, this remains an RFC (but now archived on the list instead of
> >just locally).

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