Keyboard layout change visual feedback. Thoughts?

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at
Sun Mar 15 16:46:34 UTC 2009

> I like it.  How detailed does it get regarding what layout you've switched to? 
> I used to use the Keyboard Indicator Applet to switch between US and US 
> International.  That was really annoying because it showed the same thing (a 
> US flag) for both...which isn't much of an indication.  So would yours specify 
> which US layout was in use in that case?

It gets as detailed as xkl_engine_get_groups_names. Unfortunately, it
doesn't look like it gives us much more than a US flag would; it just
says "USA." (It usually doesn't abbreviate, though, which is nice). I
should look at how the gkbd configuration tool gets those names and see
if it can be borrowed.

> It looks good, but I think it should also say how you can change it
> back, because if you accidentily hit those keycombination you still
> don't have a clue how to get back to the previous situation.

Shouldn't be too hard to do that; one just needs to know how to find out
what key combination X is looking for. (I somehow don't know yet, but
I /think/ the keyboard plugin is the thing which tells it that

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