Automatically Generated Keyboard Accelerators (replacing kaccelgen.h)

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Tue Jun 10 12:27:36 BST 2008

On Tuesday 10 June 2008 12:21:07 Chusslove Illich wrote:
> We could simply allow [a-z0-9] by default, and provide another meta-message
> for translators to append to that what they consider is fine for their
> language (hm, or make it by state rather than by language?)

It's not per-language. It's per keyboard layout. So I don't think translators 
can help much. And changing accelerators after the keyboard layout changes 
doesn't sound like a good idea either.

> Regardless, I'm more worried by the fact that reports KAccelGen
> to be used only in one place, in Konqueror, and that whatever *really*
> assigns accelerators (Qt?) completely ignores non-Latin characters, thus
> leaving e.g. my Cyrillic menu items unaccelerated. On the other hand, if I
> understood, this is exactly what e.g. CJK languages would want to happen.
> So... any idea who should I complain to for script-dependent solutions? :)

I've seen Japanese interfaces and in general they have a single, capital latin 
letter in the name so that it grabs the shortcut. That, of course, defeats 
the entire purpose of the accel generator because the translator has to 
choose the shortcut letter when translating.

So I'd recommend coming up with a whitelist of capital letters in different 
scripts. There will be no contribution from CJK in that whitelist, meaning 
the algo will always select the Latin letter if available.

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