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2006-01-28

  Xorg keyboard handling limitation

I think I own about one thousand books, so I bought a CueCat USB barcode reader to use it with Alexandria.

It works out of the box but does not give me barcodes. Instead of 071486031024, I get àè&'_-à"&àé'. The reason is quite simple: it behaves like a keyboard, but a QWERTY keyboard and my laptop has an AZERTY one.

After some investigation, it looks like we can't set different layout for the different keyboard devices. I filled a bug report but I don't hope a fix as this kind of limitation is usually embedded deep inside the software architecture. The fun part is that even if according to Google nobody faced this issue, someone asked about it [FR] today !

The only way I found to use the reader is to switch keyboard layout before using it which is not really convenient...

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  blOp2 (2006-01-29 02:11)

I'm creating an application for a barcode reader to use member cards. I had the same problem until I found in the reader manual that reading a special configuration barcode (given in the manual, of course) allowed me to switch to a french keyboard layout.<br>It's a 59€ reader : <br>http://www.jr-commercique.fr/catalog/product_info.php?pName=douchette-ccd-jr-anl810-usb-ps2&cName=lecteur-code-barre-douchette-ou-pistolet

  pterjan (2006-01-29 20:49)

Nice, but found nothing for the one I have and I guess it's too simple for such configuration stuff.<br>But mine was €6.50 + shipping from the US which leads to €11.90 total, can't have both price and functionalities :)

  blOp2 (2006-01-30 11:59)

Sure :)


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