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dotancohen 06-30-2007 11:21 AM

Dvorak keyboard shortcuts
As a Hebrew, QWERTY, and Dvorak keyboard layout user, I'm especially interested in configuring Linux's keyboard shortcuts so that they will always be the same physical key no matter what keyboard layout and application I'm in. I've looked into this before, and I think that I've seen solutions proposed (at the X level, maybe?), but googling the issue has yet to find a solution for me. Please, what must one configure so that keyboard shortcuts are bound to physical keys, and therefore not dependent upon keyboard layout?

I currently use Fedora Core 7 and KDE, but I'm hoping for an X-level solution that will work in all environments. I distro hop a bit, and I've dabbled in other windows managers. Also, although I use KDE, I use quite a few GTK apps, such as Firebird and Open Office.

Thanks in advance. This has been one of the biggest issues for me since moving from that_other_os over a year ago. I'd like to have it resolved, once and for all.

Tinkster 06-30-2007 05:32 PM


When you say keyboard shortcuts I guess you'll have to distinguish
between application layer and WM layer ones. For the latter it
should be quite possible to get the scan-codes using xevt and
making up your own hot-keys (I'm using those in Fluxbox).

For application layer: I'm afraid that won't be happening - I
don't think that the apps have any awareness of the physical keys.


dotancohen 07-01-2007 01:54 AM

That's why I want an X-level solution, that sends the wanted keycode at all times. For instance, it would translate CTRL-ש to be CTRL-A.

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