Bug 24490 - bar/brokenbar swapped on some Swiss keyboards
Summary: bar/brokenbar swapped on some Swiss keyboards
Status: RESOLVED FIXED
Alias: None
Product: xkeyboard-config
Classification: Unclassified
Component: General (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Linux (All)
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Assignee: xkb
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Reported: 2009-10-12 19:11 UTC by Bryce Harrington
Modified: 2009-10-13 02:00 UTC (History)
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Description Bryce Harrington 2009-10-12 19:11:35 UTC
Forwarding this bug from Ubuntu reporter zpin:
https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xkeyboard-config/+bug/222430

[Problem]
Apparently, Windows had a bug that inverted bar and brokenbar on swiss keyboard layouts.  Very old keyboards have brokenbar on the 7 key, while newer ones have bar on 7.

[Discussion]
Here is the reporter's Logitech keyboard, with bar on the 7:

http://launchpadlibrarian.net/13927897/whole_kb_de_CH.JPG

Here is a dell keyboard with brokenbar on the 7 (allegedly, newer Dell keyboards simply omit showing the AltGr character on the key, leaving it up to the sw):

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/195/494081498_7dc27a1c06.jpg?v=0

Wikipedia's entry shows the original configuration:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/KB_Swiss.svg/400px-KB_Swiss.svg.png

It sounds like some means of differentiating these two styles of layouts is needed?
Comment 1 Sergey V. Udaltsov 2009-10-13 01:21:36 UTC
I think if the number of "old" keyboards is still large enough, we just have to create 'legacy' variant for the swiss layout. The default one would represent new keyboards (with the bar), the 'legacy' would have broken bar. Does that make sense?
Comment 2 Bryce Harrington 2009-10-13 01:43:17 UTC
Yes that should probably be workable.

Comment 3 Sergey V. Udaltsov 2009-10-13 02:00:56 UTC
Done


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