spec on "multimedia buttons"

Lubos Lunak l.lunak at suse.cz
Fri Aug 1 18:47:22 EEST 2003

On Friday 01 of August 2003 14:14, st at stereolyzer.net wrote:
> Hello,
> i'd like to ask for your opinion on a common spec for handling
> "multimedia keys" like volume +/- which are commonly used on laptops
> and (recent) usb keyboards.
> Let me briefly describe a showcase using the above example setting
> volume (for GNOME volume-applet):
> When the user modifies the volume via keys the volume-applet on the
> panel is activated and moves the slider up and down following the
> user input.
> So we wouldn't have to ways of displaying and setting the actual
> volume level with gtkpbbuttons / applet for keyboard / mouse.
> I think apple does something like that on OSX.
> The same would apply to screen brightness.
> Sorry if that's already an old topic, I might have missed the search
> function on the list archives.

 I don't see any point in doing this. If you want the volume+/- multimedia 
keys to raise/lower volume, simply bind them to volume up/down keyboard 
shortcuts for your mixer application (applet, whatever). I have the KDE's 
kmixapplet configured this way. All that's required is having correctly 
configured keyboard for this to work.

Lubos Lunak
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