Keyboard input system in need of love?

Arne Goetje arne at
Sun Jul 6 16:14:59 UTC 2008

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Alexander Jones wrote:

> Thanks, but this wasn't a support request. In the rest of my mail I
> tell of how the SCIM input list is entirely independent of the one I
> *just configured* with GNOME/xkb.

Yes, they are totally different, because they are totally different
implementations. XKB comes with and is an extension to be able to
type additional characters to ASCII.
SCIM has been developed independently and primarily for Chinese.
Nowadays it supports many more languages, but the mechanism how it works
is different from XKB and not related at all to

In fact you are not the first one to complain about this mess and it is
currently impossible to improve anything in this regard without
completely rewriting the whole input layer in (it sits in xlib by
the way...). And guess what: this is exactly what some guys in East Asia
are planning to do (on my initiative).
We are planning to have a separate service, outside of, which
combines the XKB function with the SCIM function, but rewritten from
scratch. However, we are still in drafting stage, so it will take some
time until we can see something useful in this regard.

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