Tag: xkb

Oct 03 2008

The Keyboard Layout Editor

Update Dec 2010: Get the latest version of the Keyboard Layout Editor from https://github.com/simos/keyboardlayouteditor (this entry is a repost, the original was lost in a database mishap.) As part of the 2008 GSoC program, I worked on a Keyboard Layout Editor for the X.Org Foundation. The Keyboard Layout Editor (KLE) is an application that allows …

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Jun 20 2008

Converting between XKB and XML

I completed the stage that takes keyboard layout files from XKB (X.Org) and converts them to XML documents, based on a keyboard layout Relax NG schema. Then, these XML documents can also be converted back to keyboard layout files. Here is an imaginary example of a keyboard layout file. // Keyboard layout for the Zzurope …

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Jun 11 2008

ANTLR grammar for XKB, and Relax NG schema (draft)

I completed the ANTLRv3 grammar for symbols/ configuration files of XKB. The grammar can parse and create the abstract syntax tree (AST) for all keyboard layouts in xkeyboard-config. ANTLRv3 helps you create parsers for domain specific languages (DSL), an example of which is the configuration files in XKB. Having the ANTLRv3 grammar for a configuration …

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May 28 2008

Looking into the symbol files

In the previous post, we talked about the ANTLR grammar that parses the XKB layout files. The grammar is available at http://code.google.com/p/keyboardlayouteditor/source/browse. I’ll rather push to the freedesktop repository once the project is completed. Now it’s too easy for me, just doing svn commit -m something. Below you can see the relevant layout files for …

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May 17 2008

Parsing XKB files with antlr

antlr (well, antlr3) is an amazing tool that replaces lex/flex, yacc/bison. One would use antlr3 if they want to deal with Domain-Specific Languages (DSL), an example of which are the text configuration files. In our case, we use antlr3 to parse some of the XKB configuration files, those found in /etc/X11/xkb/symbols/??. Our aim is to …

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Apr 30 2008

Keyboard Layout Editor GSOC project

I got accepted for a GSOC project with the X.Org Foundation. My mentor is Sergey Udaltsov and I look forward working with him. The project is about creating a Keyboard Layout Editor, that can be used to edit XKB files with a nice GUI. I will be blogging about these from here (fdo category at …

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