[kde-linux] Limit for keyboard layouts?

Stan Goodman stan.goodman at hashkedim.com
Fri Sep 16 00:15:10 UTC 2011

On Friday 16 September 2011 02:52:46 Rajko M. wrote:
> On Thursday, September 15, 2011 03:51:38 AM Stan Goodman wrote:
> > ...
> > 
> > > I use KDE 4.6.5.
> > 
> > This is KDE 4.6.0.
> > 
> > I am hoping that this sloppy workaround will be improved soon, and
> > that the light may dawn to someone at KDE that there is no real
> > reason to limit layouts to 4, any more than there was a reason for
> > Windows to be able to support only two at a time.
> https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=174753#c10
> I don't know exactly what were the problems mentioned in comment 10,
> as I can't recall any. For me it is simple, when I use keyboard and
> switch layout, it is like I replaced keyboard, I don't expect that
> console application will accept strange characters of some non
> English alphabet. Although, I must admit that ability to have
> language A in Konversation, B in mail client, and C in konsole is
> very convenient.
> And xkb will most likely stay as it is till keyboards will be
> replaced with voice. As it is mentioned in
> https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=19501#c5
> it is protocol limitation. Somebody in 1987, creating keyboard
> support for X thought that 4 keyboard layouts is all one would ever
> need. Taking that developers usually speak their native and English,
> of human languages, it is hard to blame them for doubling the number
> and thinking that is enough.

And that last sentence is exactly the problem. One might think that 
people who have only one language would make some sort of effort to find 
out what others think and what they need. That isn't the KDE way, 

Stan Goodman
Qiryat Tiv'on

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