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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Xorg - layout switching - alternatives to XKB-only methods? Reply with quote

Hi all.

So guys at the office have switched to Linux and for some reason they don't like our straightforward CapsLock layout switching method, and they found a problem for me to solve..

All XKB-based switchers (these, who use setxkbmap to set hotkeys) tend to mess the things badly when operating with Ctrl-Shift / Alt-Shift combinations; Ctrl-Shift-P in Firefox is a good example of affected keyboard shortcut - not only it does opens new window, but also changes layout.

AFAIK, the chain of keypress handling involves at least these:

    evdev (input source)
    Xorg's XKB (can switch layout)
    window manager - keyboard hooks


I remember some four-letter named keyboard layout manager (iicb, uucb or something alike), what is it's name? Are there other possible options for layout switching?


Also, I remember that KDE3.2 has its own switcher (well.. a hotkey for changing XKB layouts) which had no such problem..

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