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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] Paravirt framebuffer backend tools [2/5]

To: Gerd Hoffmann <kraxel@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] Paravirt framebuffer backend tools [2/5]
From: Laurent Vivier <Laurent.Vivier@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2006 09:32:33 +0200
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Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
> Steven Smith wrote:
>>> If the SDL viewer is using X11 configured with french keyboard, and the 
>>> virtual
>>> machine is configured with US keyboard, the used keymap will be the US one. 
>>> So
>>> when I press 'A' on my keyboard I will have 'Q'.
>> That kind of sucks.
> There is no way around that.
>> Not being able to produce every character sucks
>> more, but having to configure the keymap in every VM isn't much
>> better.
> For sane i18n kbd support some translation must be done.
> Make the guest think he has an US keyboard and do the translation on the
> host isn't going to work.  An US keyboard hasn't an 'Ä' key for example,
> so you wouldn't be able to type that character.  Also some characters
> are arranged in a different way, for example on a us keyboard you have
> ';' and ':' sharing one key, whereas on a german one ';' lives together
> with ','.  That isn't going to work with host-side translation too.
> Thus we *must* do the translation in the guest.  And we must do it in
> the guest *only*, otherwise we'll end up with the translation happening
> twice which becomes even more messy.
> Sending scancodes not keysyms is the only solution to that problem.  Really.

Thank you ;-)

> cheers,
>   Gerd


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