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Re: [Pkg-ime-devel] ITP: kmfl -- Keyboard Mapping for Linux

On Sun, Sep 25, 2005 at 05:02:53PM +0200, Simon Richter wrote:
> Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:

>>>> KMFL is a keyboarding input method currently being developed under Linux
>>>> which aims to bring Tavultesoft Keyman functionality to *nix operating
>>>> systems.

>>> All good, but what does it do?

>> It's an input method for entering text in non-english languages like
>> SCIM and IIIMF and a billion other input methods we already have
>> packaged in Debian..

> I'm aware of that. The question is, under what circumstances am I
> supposed to install it? Do I need it for special hardware, in a special
> language setting, ...? What is this "functionality" the description
> talks about? I don't know Tavultesoft, but I know about twenty[1]
> products named "Keyman", and none of them are related to input methods.

If I recall correctly, Keyman in this context is a program where you can
download custom keymap setups. The only time I've seen it is for
non-unicode non-roman windows font support (such as the SIL non-unicode
IPA fonts) of the annoying type where if you don't have the font, you
get random letters depending on where that character made sense on the
keyboard layout.

I presume this software lets you load those custom keymap files and use
them to input into X, hopefully actually producing unicode out the other
end, but that'd require a mapping file for each table back to unicode,
unless Keyman cleverly included that in their specs in case you used
their software with a Unicode-aware OS...

Anyway, I doubt any other software is offering this functionality,
although it could certainly be added to something like UIM which already
supports several table-based input methods. (I'm not volunteering, mind

So I guess the upshot is if you need this, you'll know because you'll be
trying to install a Keyman keymap, and will have apt-cache searched for

Paul "TBBle" Hampson, MCSE
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