Bug#347149: gnome-control-center: U.S. English keyboard options are confusing

Michael Shields shields at msrl.com
Mon Jan 9 02:09:11 UTC 2006

Package: gnome-control-center
Version: 1:2.10.2-1
Severity: normal

gnome-keyboard-properties includes the following five options for keyboard
layout (among others):

    - U.S. English
      - International (with dead keys)
    - U.S. English w/ dead keys
    - U.S. English w/ ISO9995-3
      - Eliminate dead keys

I don't really have any idea how these differ; how is "U.S. English
International (with dead keys)" different from "U.S. English w/ dead
keys"?  Does "U.S. English w/ ISO9995-3" have dead keys?  Why are these
five options grouped in three sections, instead of together in one?

Also, I know what dead keys are, but if I didn't, Gnome wouldn't tell me
(although Google will).  I don't know what ISO9995-3 is, and in this case,
Google is no help either.

A picture of the keyboard is displayed with each option, but it appears
to be the same, giving no basis for choosing one layout over another.

It would be very helpful if someone who understands how these keyboard
layouts differ renamed them in Gnome to make the choices clear.  It
would also be helpful if Gnome included an explanation of dead keys.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (400, 'experimental'), (50, 'unstable')
Architecture: powerpc (ppc)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.14-2-powerpc
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages gnome-control-center depends on:
ii  capplets-data            1:2.10.2-1      configuration applets for GNOME 2 
ii  desktop-file-utils       0.10-1          Utilities for .desktop files
ii  gnome-desktop-data       2.10.2-1        Common files for GNOME 2 desktop a
ii  gnome-icon-theme         2.10.1-2        GNOME Desktop icon theme
ii  gnome-menus              2.10.2-1        an implementation of the freedeskt
ii  libart-2.0-2             2.3.17-1        Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii  libatk1.0-0              1.10.3-1        The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libaudiofile0            0.2.6-6         Open-source version of SGI's audio
ii  libbonobo2-0             2.10.1-1        Bonobo CORBA interfaces library
ii  libbonoboui2-0           2.10.1-1        The Bonobo UI library
ii  libc6                    2.3.5-8         GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libesd0                  0.2.36-1        Enlightened Sound Daemon - Shared 
ii  libfontconfig1           2.3.2-1.1       generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6             2.1.7-2.4       FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libgconf2-4              2.12.1-5        GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libgcrypt11              1.2.2-1         LGPL Crypto library - runtime libr
ii  libglade2-0              1:2.5.1-2       library to load .glade files at ru
ii  libglib2.0-0             2.8.4-2         The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome-desktop-2       2.10.2-1        Utility library for loading .deskt
ii  libgnome-keyring0        0.4.5-1         GNOME keyring services library
ii  libgnome-menu0           2.10.2-1        an implementation of the freedeskt
ii  libgnome2-0              2.10.1-1        The GNOME 2 library - runtime file
ii  libgnomecanvas2-0        2.10.2-2        A powerful object-oriented display
ii  libgnomeui-0             2.10.1-1        The GNOME 2 libraries (User Interf
ii  libgnomevfs2-0           2.12.2-1        The GNOME virtual file-system libr
ii  libgnutls11              1.0.16-14       GNU TLS library - runtime library
ii  libgpg-error0            1.1-4           library for common error values an
ii  libgstreamer-plugins0.8- 0.8.11-2        Various GStreamer libraries and li
ii  libgstreamer0.8-0        0.8.11-2        Core GStreamer libraries, plugins,
ii  libgtk2.0-0              2.8.9-2         The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libice6                  6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libjpeg62                6b-11           The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG 
ii  libmetacity0             1:2.10.3-2      Common library of lightweight GTK2
ii  liborbit2                1:2.12.4-1      libraries for ORBit2 - a CORBA ORB
ii  libpango1.0-0            1.10.1-2        Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpopt0                 1.7-5           lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  libsm6                   6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Window System Session Management
ii  libstartup-notification0 0.8-1           library for program launch feedbac
ii  libtasn1-2               0.2.17-1        Manage ASN.1 structures (runtime)
ii  libx11-6                 6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Window System protocol client li
ii  libxext6                 6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Window System miscellaneous exte
ii  libxft2                  2.1.7-1         FreeType-based font drawing librar
ii  libxinerama1             6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Window System multi-head display
ii  libxklavier10            2.0-0.2         X Keyboard Extension high-level AP
ii  libxml2                  2.6.22-2        GNOME XML library
ii  libxrandr2               6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Window System Resize, Rotate and
ii  libxrender1              1:     X Rendering Extension client libra
ii  libxss1                  6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Screen Saver client-side library
ii  xlibs                    6.8.2.dfsg.1-11 X Window System client libraries m
ii  zlib1g                   1:1.2.3-9       compression library - runtime

Versions of packages gnome-control-center recommends:
ii  gnome-session                 2.10.0-8   The GNOME 2 Session Manager
ii  gnome2-user-guide             2.8.1-2    GNOME 2 User's Guide

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