multimedia keysyms

Jim Gettys jg at
Sun Sep 11 07:25:05 PDT 2005

On Sun, 2005-09-11 at 07:13 +0400, Matthias Clasen wrote:
> While porting some gnome widgets to GTK+, I noticed that
> the gnome keybinding capplet contains an hack to handle
> keycodes without keysyms. I have been told that this was
> added for multimedia keys (play, pause, rewind, etc), for
> which there are no registered keysyms. 
> There *are* XFree86 specific keysyms in the XKeysymDB file for
> multimedia keys, but they are unofficial and have never been 
> registered, and therefore GTK+ does not support them. 

These keysyms *are* considered official these days, IIRC.

Please go ahead and use them. 

			- Jim

> I wonder what the process is for getting a reasonable set of
> keysyms for multimedia keys registered. The cited workaround
> in the keybinding capplet clearly shows that such keys are 
> common enough to warrant standard keysyms.
> Of course, the next step is to make sure that XKB maps the 
> multimedia keys to these keysyms...
> Regards, Matthias
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