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    Tip for using colemak with gnome*

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    To be able to add the colemak to the layout in the keyboard preferences, you need to edit the file /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/xorg.xml

    In this file find the node   <layoutList>
    and copy this snippet of xml inside:
            <layout>
                <configItem>
                    <name>colemak</name>
                    <shortDescription>Colemak</shortDescription>
                    <description>Colemak see colemak.com</description>
                </configItem>
            </layout>

    This will tell gnome that you have the colemak layout installed and you will be able to choose it in the list when you add a new layout to the keyboard preference tool.

    If you can't find the path /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/xorg.xml , you may want to try the following paths

    /usr/lib/X11/xkb/rules/xorg.xml
    /usr/lib/X11/xkb/rules/xfree86.xml
    It depends on the version of xorg/xfree86 you have installed

    Hope this helps anybody

    Last edited bygiom (27-Aug-2006 18:01:09)
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    • Registered:28-Nov-2006
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    I was having problems in gnome, the capslock was working as a capslock AND a backspace.  It anyone else is having this problem, heres the trick:

    run this:

    xmodmap -e "remove Lock = Caps_Lock"

    that will only change the current session though, so make sure it works and put it in a startup script

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    This will be useful even if not using gnome.

    Kalon

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