Keyboard Gaps in Solaris

One of the role of globalization team is to provide seameless input to any SW system.


As for Solaris, there are several ways how to achieve this goal described in previous blog recently. Shortly:
  • Using Input Method Framework (IIIMF Properties panel)
  • Using kbd utility
  • Setting up the settings for Xorg, especially if you are dealing with multiple keyboard layouts
There are several projects defined in order to improve keyboard support in Solaris. Some of those projects were already  integrated to Nevada, some of them will be delivered to Solaris very soon.
  1. setxkbmap utility porting to Solaris
    This utility can change keyboard maps on fly and it was already integrated to Nevada build 85. See more ...

  2. Create interface(s) between Xorg/Xlib and Input Method Framework (IIIM Properties) that can be used to query and set keyboard layout for the current Xorg server.

  3. Update Input Method Framework (IIIM Properties) to set Xorg keyboard layout dynamically (on fly).

  4. Add Virtual keyboard support, so it can be used for various layouts for all languages.

  5. Increase the coverage in SunOS keyboard layouts.

  6. Increase the coverage of keyboard layouts for console during Solaris installation.

  7. Increase the coverage in Xorg XKB keyboard layouts. Integrate additional keyboard layouts available in Xorg to Solaris.

  8. Publish "Sun Standard" Keyboard maps in cooperation with i18n OS.o UserGroups for all languages in Solaris. The draft version has been created and published at genuix.org sites.

Comments:

Ridiculous thing in Solaris 10: you can use a Lithuanian locale, but you can not use Lithuanian keyboard layout. (The same in Solaris Express.)

Posted by Andrius Burlega on September 17, 2008 at 05:52 PM CEST #

Hi Andrius,

could you please provide more information? Which version of Solaris 10 did you use? Did you use Input Method switcher, setxkb or xorg config file to setup keyboard layout?

Posted by Ales Cernosek on September 21, 2008 at 02:40 PM CEST #

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