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Bug#258399: xlibs: dvorak keyboard layout is missing right alt key

On Tue, Aug 24, 2004 at 09:23:19AM -0400, Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> Hello again and apologies for the delay,
> On Tue, 2004-07-13 at 00:44, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > tag 258399 + moreinfo upstream
> > thanks
> > 
> > On Fri, Jul 09, 2004 at 08:48:38AM -0400, Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> > > Package: xlibs
> > > Version: 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4
> > > Severity: minor
> > > 
> > > Greetings,
> > > 
> > > On switching from a normal US layout to the dvorak layout in GNOME (on a
> > > PC), I've lost the use of the right alt key...
> > 
> > I think this is the sort of thing the unpopular modifier key change
> > backported from upstream in -5 was intended to address.
> > 
> > Can you reproduce this problem with 4.3.0.dfsg.1-6?
> Yes.  I've upgraded xlibs[-data] and the individual libraries on which
> it depends, and xserver-[xfree86|common], and the problem persists.  Of
> course, this is still just testing with a newer X, though libxklavier is
> at its newest version, but other old packages could be causing this...
> Please let me know if you need any further information.

My thinking now is that to fix this I need to tackle one of the few
remaining TODO items for -7:

* #256706: keep swatting away at the keyboard modifer issue; Ivan Pascal told
    There is not modifier_del instruction in 'XKB language' but ...
    I made a simple change for xkbcomp and now it understands an instruction

       modifier_add none { <LALT> };
    It removes the modifier binding from the specified key.
    I'm sorry I forget to mention this patch in CHANGELOG but it was a part
    of 667 change made at Dec 18 14:14:37 2003 (i.e. it is included in 4.4.0).
    If your xkbcomp is later than that version it understands such instruction.
  So I'm thinking the fix is to apply the above, then modify the symbol maps
  such that (in most cases) any keys that get modifier mappings are cleared
  first.  This solution will absolutely positively need testing.

G. Branden Robinson                |
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