xkb: how to map symbol Meta to key Alt
bluedzins at wp.pl
Mon Mar 21 07:41:50 PDT 2011
On Monday 21 March 2011 09:51:12 Dirk Wallenstein wrote:
Thank you for your response. Btw. I am subscriber, no need to CC.
> Hm, I hope I did understand correctly. You want to use the Alt key
> to generate characters and not use any of the desktop functionality
> tied to it.
> If clients interpret Alt and Meta alike, you have to
> use another way.
It didn't happen in years.
> Do you have a national layout available that
> produces all the chars you want with ISO_Level3_Shift (aka AltGr)?
With ISO_Level3_Shift, yes. With AltGr -- no. This is the whole point,
to get rid of it.
> If so you can simply put that modifier onto the Alt key.
I am exactly asking for this -- how to do it?
a) I would prefer modify keycode table file (previously xfree86)
because this way, all layouts would see alt-key as meta.
b) the reason for my "odd" request is this: being forced to press
right Alt-key only to get national characters is so weird for me,
that I decided to use both Alt-keys to produce those characters. But
Alt (symbol) is hardcoded in X11 to get accelerators. Because of that
I have to move that symbol somewhere else. The perfect place is
So now, I would have Alt-symbol on CapsLock-key, and Meta-symbol on
both Alt-keys. So I would have symmetric keyboard, 100% functionality
and much more productive layout, I used it for years, and it proved
No wonder, I would like to still use it in openSUSE 11.4.
c) I learned how to make a dump of the layout to take a peek how X11
sees my layout. Both Alt-key entries were divided for Group1 and
Group2. Group1 looks like from X11 original symbol file (pc) and
Group2 is coming from me. So it looks like I am only able to add
symbols, not redefine keys -- despite they fact I used "replace"
keyword in definition.
But if I could alter keycodes (see (a)), this would solve this
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