[maemo-developers] Maemo 5 Keymaps - The Saga of Pipe & Tab

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Wed Oct 14 23:46:58 EEST 2009
(crap quoting cos of modest, broken sig sep too)

I think Ryan knows about the character palette (even with the mindboggling third row behaviour), but even with the compositor and the increased power compared with an N810, it's still slow and clumsy.

My own picks for remaps (tab I can handle in X Terminal, although the shortcut bar no longer editable = more sacrifice for the sake of "simplicity") would be < and >.



Andrew Flegg -- mailto:andrew at bleb.org  |  http://www.bleb.org/
----- Original message -----
> Hi Ryan,
> What hardware keyboard layout are you using at the moment? You can check
> this by going to the Settings->Text Input.
> You should be able to input extra characters by pressing Fn and then the
> Sym/Ctrl key. A dialog with extra characters pops up and all you need to
> do is tap on the desired one.
> Could this end your saga? :)
> --
> Joaquim Rocha
> Igalia · Free Software Engineering
> Ryan Abel wrote:
> > Many people are likely to complain that the N900's 3-row keyboard does 
> > not contain enough keys to be usable. Notably missing are important 
> > characters like tab and pipe.
> >
> > Now, there _should_ be a relatively straightforward way to fix this 
> > with Xmodmap. But as xev wasn't properly setup to receive keypresses 
> > when I first began this saga, I started out by trying to edit the 
> > symbol files directly. Unfortunately this proved to have no noticeable 
> > effect.
> >
> > So qwerty12 compiled a patched xev, I grabbed keycodes and I spent a 
> > couple hours trying to convince the device that it'd be a really great 
> > idea for shift-fn-b to send a pipe, for fn-right arrow to send tab, 
> > and a dozen other shifted and unshifted combinations.
> >
> > End result? Either no effect or outright dead keys.
> >
> > The grapevine tells me that khertan may have had some luck getting 
> > things to behave, has anybody else been able to,  too? If so, can you 
> > enlighten us with your secrets? We have nearly 30 additional 
> > characters available with shift-fn and another 6 that have no fn 
> > character. It would be great to bind these to some useful purpose.
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