Re: [Gtk-osx-users] Issues with non-Latin keyboards

On May 3, 2010, at 10:42 AM, F Wolff wrote:

> Op Ma, 2010-05-03 om 08:33 -0700 skryf John Ralls:
>> On May 3, 2010, at 8:16 AM, F Wolff wrote:
>>> Hallo everybody
>>> Is there a known issue with typing non-Latin text? I can't get typing to
>>> result in any text, either by selecting a keyboard layout in the System
>>> Preferences, or by selecting the input method in the GTK context menu.
>>> Relevant fonts are definitely installed.
>>> Thank you for any advice.
>> Not that I've heard of before, but you might simply be the first one
>> to try. Can you provide some details about what build you're using
>> (i.e., stable, unstable, or unqualified) 
> Building with jhbuild with no versions specified, so I assume git
> master.  This was Thursday last week (2010-04-29).
>> 		and what application you're building? 
> I only actually tried this now with our own application, Virtaal,
> written in pygtk. Result is the same for textareas and plain entries.
>> Have you already integrated the menus with ige-mac-integration?
> This was not in effect at the time that I tested it now with a new build
> on someone's machine (I think we haven't yet built the python bindings
> for it at the time).  I can hopefully try again on a machine at the
> office which is still running on the version on the old ISO image posted
> many moons ago that has the menu integration if you suspect some
> interference from the gtk menu.
>> Presumably the keyboard is working with other Mac applications, and
>> you have a similar keyboard working on your Linux build of the app in
>> question. 
> We tested (at least) Russian, Arabic and a few others from the standard
> list in OSX, and a custom keyboard for Akan.  The Akan keyboard actually
> had better results, failing only on the non-ASCII characters. Everything
> is working fine in Linux and Windows (including Arabic, Cyrillic, etc.
> that isn't working on OSX), except for this issue on Windows:
> The British English layout seemed to work fine, including non-ASCII
> characters.
> I can check again that all these work well in other Mac applications,
> but have no reason to doubt that they would work perfectly.

Ah, so you're using a normal Apple keyboard, and just changing the layouts in Language & Text / International, is that right? (Oh, I forgot to ask what version of OSX?)

Hmm. Looks like one needs to set $GTK_IM_MODULE somehow, but a cursory google doesn't show clearly to what it should be set. (This would be something handled in Linux by the Gnome desktop infrastructure which doesn't exist in Gtk-OSX, so we'll have to work out something else.) Do you know where the input modules live and how to set that variable?

John Ralls

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