Batching text input protocol changes

Dorota Czaplejewicz dorota.czaplejewicz at
Tue Feb 18 15:14:50 UTC 2020

On Tue, 18 Feb 2020 10:12:11 +0200
Pekka Paalanen <ppaalanen at> wrote:

> On Mon, 17 Feb 2020 19:58:43 +0100
> Dorota Czaplejewicz <dorota.czaplejewicz at> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > over the past month, the zwp_text_input_v3 protocol has moved to real
> > devices and had seen unprecedented usage. Together with that, it also
> > got a reality check, from which it didn't come unscathed. There are
> > some issues identified:
> > 
> > - a hint that there's no need for an on-screen keyboard
> > - allow deleting text even when surrounding text is unknown
> > - making it harder for compositors to send uninformed updates
> >
> > - possibly graceful switching within text inputs
> >
> > - sending control events (submit, next field, undo) to gain
> > independence from a virtual keyboard protocol
> > 
> > I might have left something out.
> > 
> > Since they are all relatively unrelated, they can thankfully be
> > discussed separately. But merging them in separately would create
> > needlessly many combinations of possible supported versions.
> > 
> > A new integration branch on gitlab would keep related merge requests
> > on the wayland-protocols repo, and it could be merged as one large
> > update once it's sufficiently hardened. Or is there another way to do
> > this?  
> Hi Dorota,
> sounds like you have a good reason to have an upstream branch like
> that, so that the work in progress won't stop the master branch from
> releasing. I would be fine with that.
> Another way could be to start a new major version XML file, and exclude
> it from install by default. No-one could use it until you make it
> installable, so there would be no need to maintain implementations of
> the intermediate steps.
> Mind the wayland-protocols governance rules.
> Thanks,
> pq


seeing the answers so far, I think starting a new branch is a good idea. In case there are major changes, a new major version could be created out of the new branch anyway.

Currently, there's only one change that's important and potentially backwards-incompatible, but that depends on the future discussion (deleting text being broke), so a new version might not be necessary yet.

Could someone with the permissions create such a branch?

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