SCIM driving me insane

Martin Olsson mnemo at
Sun Mar 9 19:20:56 UTC 2008

I was going to post a bug about this yesterday. I think CTRL-SPACE is a 
very very bad keyboard shortcut for this. I accidently triggered it 5 or 
6 sixes when typing an e-mail, before I understood what was going on.

Being able to change input method or whatever is an awesome feature it's 
just that the keyboard combination is too easy to hit by accident.

Another comment about SCIM is that it's hard to understand what it does 
at first. I honestly thought it was a more convenient way to change the 
keyboard layout settings at first (I mean it says "English Keyboard" in 
there etc) but then I started to wonder why basic keyboard layouts like 
german or french wasn't in there. After I while I did understand what it 
did though, but it's not super intuitive as is right now.

I think one of the reasons I misunderstood it was because Windows has a 
small program for quickly switching keyboard layouts (this program has 
shortcut key "hold ALT" while pressing "SHIFT"). The Windows shortcut 
key is also very confusing imo because it's rarely a key combination is 
modifier keys only. Anyway, SCIM puts ubuntu way ahead of Windows.


Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 4:27 PM, Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at 
> <mailto:mario.vukelic at>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     a couple days ago, suddenly strange characters appeared in all apps when
>     typing. Shortly before that I accidentally pressed a button combo -
>     didn't know which.
> Shift space & ctrl space are the default
> -- 
> Mackenzie Morgan
> Linux User #432169
> ACM Member #3445683
> <-my blog of Ubuntu stuff
> apt-get moo

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