New Canadian keyboard layout
jmdault at revolutionlinux.com
Sat Dec 4 10:15:12 CST 2004
Le sam 04/12/2004 à 07:20, Dmitry Timoshkov a écrit :
> "Jean-Michel Dault" <jmdault at revolutionlinux.com> wrote:
> > I'm doing a pilot project for the Quebec government, and we have one
> > major problem: they have a keyboard layout that's unsupported by Wine,
> > though it was commited to XFree about 3 years ago.
> What do you mean by "unsupported by Wine", is that just a warning that
> you see? What exactly doesn't work without this patch?
The keyboard that the Government of Quebec uses is the CAN/CSA
Z243.200-92, and is *not defined* in Wine.
This keyboard is a *legal requirement* for all computers used at the
Quebec government and the Bilingual areas of the Canadian Government.
Problem: When X11DRV_KEYBOARD_DetectLayout tries to detect the layout,
it goes through every layout it knows, analyses and scores them.
Unfortunately, the highest score returned is for the Brazilian ABNT-2
keyboard, and the score is only 42%, so it's *way* different.
What happens is that none of the accents work, and that's very bad for
people who have to write in french!
To reproduce, assuming you have a standard US keyboard, do a "setxkbmap
ca", and try the "?/" key in any iso-8859-1 aware X application (ie:
OpenOffice). You should see an eacute "é" sign. Then try with Wine,
there is no key. Same thing with the "}]", it should return ccedilla "ç"
sign. Works in X, doesn't work in Wine.
I added the proper keyboard layout, and, apart from the fact that this
keyboard uses up to 5 symbols per key and wine only supports 4, I get a
85% score, and every key works, every accent, every deadkey.
If you need more information on this keyboard, look into the XFree86
Or for a picture of this keyboard:
jmdault at mandrakesoft.com
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