[Pkg-ime-devel] Bug#591459: Processed: unarchiving 591459

Charles Plessy plessy at debian.org
Mon Feb 6 23:32:19 UTC 2012

Le Tue, Feb 07, 2012 at 12:40:00AM +0900, Osamu Aoki a écrit :
> I thought compose key is supported by ibus-xkbc package.  Are you having
> problem with it?  Unlike SCIM, you need this package to have deadkey
> support.

Good morning,

sorry for not following immediately the unarchiving by a better explanation; I
went to sleep first ;)

I would like to re-open this bug.  I think that ibus-xkbc may be
a temporary workaround, but it is definitely not a solution.

 1) Ibus is still broken as it does not support the compose key
    natively.  Can you imagine if we would need a module for
    the shift key ?

 2) If Ibus becomes the recommended input manager in GNOME3, then
    the loss of transparent support for the compose key is a regression
    compared with previous from GNOME2 plus default input manager.

 3) ibus-xkbc is a keyboard layout switching module whose functionality is
    redundant with X.org's layout switching (well supported by the GNOME shell).
    Keyboard layouts and input systems are two different things operated
    independantly.  I switch between Japanese and Canadian layouts, and
    within this or that layout, I switch input methods when I need to
    type Japanese.  Under the ibus-xkbc, this is more complicated.

 4) I think that it is fair to expect from input systems that,
    when no input method is selected, the keyboard behaves exactly
    the same as when the input system is not running.

Unless it becomes easy to replace Ibus on GNOME3, and for the
moment I have the impression that UIM is not so well integrated,
or unless the Ibus developers have decided upstream to never
support the compose key directly, I think that the current situation
is bug a that should be reflected in our BTS.

I have added my voice to the other users asking for a better support of the
compose key in the upstream BTS as well.

I hope that this can be somehow resolved before Wheezy, and that it can be as
simple to work in a multilingual configuration on Debian as it was before.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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