GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 697073
Input sources are 'xkb' xor 'ibus', unable to be both
Last modified: 2019-03-20 11:09:02 UTC
Xkb manages keyboard layouts and IBus manages IMs, but the two concepts are kind of orthogonal to one another.
e.g. one might want to choose Pinyin IM on US QWERTY keyboard layout, or Anthy IM on French AZERTY keyboard layout.
Instead of having (type, id) :: (s, s) as an input source, maybe we could have (layout, IM) :: (s, ms) instead? This would also require some changes to the g-c-c region panel in order to allow the user to choose what combinations he wanted.
Yeah, we need to address this somehow. Let's get designers involved.
The main thing I see lacking for this currently is sufficient metadata
about keyboard layouts and input methods though it should not be so hard
to determine/provide. There needs to be a simple way to determine
if a layout supports ASCII input, and if a input method requires/assumes
a particular layout. A more basic X problem is that it does not really
treat xkbmaps as "objects" (I mean they are basically write-only) -
this part could hopefully be solved by Wayland?
I don't think there is a immediate simple solution for this,
but it is important and yes needs some design work to get right.
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