Re: [orca-list] Changing the Orca Key... part 2

On Fri, May 02, 2008 at 03:17:21PM +1000, Jan and Bertil Smark Nilsson wrote:
Hello Josh,

On Thu, May 01, 2008 at 07:25:37AM -0700, Josh de Lioncourt wrote:
   My expertise is largely Mac and WIndows based, so bear with me.
   Running Ubuntu in a virtual machine on a laptop.  I'd like to use the
   laptop layout, but VMWare Fusion for Mac doesn't give complete control of
   the caps lock key to the guest OS.  I'd like to preserve the laptop
   keyboard layout, and only change the Orca key to something else...possibly
   the accent key (`), or the right command key...or something.  It seems to
   me that this should be an included feature, but searching for the option
   and through the Orca WIKI and various other resources has turned up
   nothing.  Can anyone help?  Thanks.

It can be done, but you have to manually edit ~/.orca/

Willie Walker explained it to me on this list on 11th June, 2007. Have a 
look in the archive. The problem might be for you to find out what the 
name of your intended modifier key would be. It was suggested to find 
this out by running xev. However, when I tried that with Orca, it said 
"inaccessible". I dropped the matter, then, but I tried again to day, 
with a much later version of Orca, but with the same result. I wanted to 
use the Windows keys on my keyboard, since they don't seem to be used 
for anything else and being on both side of the keyboard. Will offered 
the information that on his keyboard one Windows key was referred to as 
Super_L. I made the following addition to my ~/orca/ 

orca.settings.orcaModifierKeys = ["Super_L"] 

This works fine - with the left Windows key. I'll find out what to call 
the right Windows key, when my wife gets home.

Hope that this helps.


Bertil Smark Nilsson

It suddenly occurred to me that I could exit Orca and do it "blind", 
sending the xev output  to a file. And I did. And it worked. Of course, 
the right Windows key is called "Super_R"! Stupid me!


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