Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 239414
illogical mapping for non-QWERTY keyboard with m17n
Last modified: 2009-12-04 03:56:51 EST
Description of problem:
Once the default keyboard is selected (AZERTY for me) the mapping for this
keyboard is OK but the icon in the gnome-panel still indicates an English keyboard.
For other scripts the "intuitive" mapping is the one of a QWERTY keyboard.
hindu-itrans "a" key (from AZERTY) which is "q" key (from QWERTY) returns "q"
hindi letter; "," key (from AZERTY) returns "m" hindi letter (as on QWERTY)
same problem for hindu-phonetic, tamil-itrans/phonetic, marathi-itrans/phonetic,
greek (with some strange phenomena more)...
latin-post returns "a" from AZERTY "a" key but "a_" from "q" AZERTY key, "w"
from "z" AZERTY key and so on...
It is impossible to use scim keyboard without knowing the QWERTY keyboard.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Just switch to an "exotic" scim keyboard
Steps to Reproduce:
intuitive letters from the default keyboard according to the letters which are
the "same" in different scripts: for hindi for instance "a" key should return
"a" hindi letter (not "q" hindi) double "a" : long "a" hindi letter, "w" key
should return "v" hindi not "z" hindi and so on *whatever* the default keyboard is.
If I get you correctly, You said
1) Most of keymaps ( and their key mappings) follows/written with respect to
2) If you are AZERTY keyboard user then mappings will get changed as those (say
hindi) keymaps follows QWERTY right?
3) so we need some middle layer for AZERTY keyboard users to map them first to
QWERTY keyboard and then print respective languages character symbol.
Or you have any solution in your mind to solve this problem?
Yes, this is exactly what I meant for point 2)
I cannot help you there.... The only thing I know is that under fedora
core 4 it used to work correctly ("a" is "a" whatever the script is...)
But I cannot remeber if the scim* m17n* packages came from fedora
repositories or from a compatible one (livna, dag, freshrpms...)
I use an unicode text editor which allow to type several scripts and
this problem does not occur.
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Thanks for updating the bug to F8 - still seems to happen with rawhide too.
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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There is some work in progress on ibus that may improve the interaction of xkb and IM.
In recent ibus including f11 in ibus-setup you can now click
on the "Advanced" tab and uncheck "Use system keyboard layout".
Then ibus will override AZERTY when using ibus-m17n
and you can input Hindi inscript, etc in the standard way.
So this is a viable workaround for now.
In the longer term we would like to make this
per m17n map and automatic but we are not
quite there yet.
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 12 development cycle.
Changing version to '12'.
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Fixed in Fedora 12