Bug 2448

Summary: Map "Mod4+Backspace" to "Insert" using xkb
Product: xorg Reporter: nix
Component: Input/KeyboardAssignee: Xorg Project Team <xorg-team>
Status: RESOLVED FIXED QA Contact:
Severity: enhancement    
Priority: high Keywords: movetoxkc
Version: 6.8.1   
Hardware: All   
OS: Linux (All)   
URL: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=144624
i915 platform: i915 features:

Description nix 2005-02-01 17:03:59 UTC
Please check out


where I propose a modification to the xkb setup in order to allow one to emulate
"Insert" on Apple iBook keyboards that don't have such a key.

The thread includes a patch.

They have asked me to start this thread here so as to get the ball rolling
upstream. X.org is, of course, upstream from Fedora :o)

Thanks !
Comment 1 Sergey V. Udaltsov 2006-04-06 06:00:59 UTC
I looked at the patch and do not particularly like the idea. I am trying not to
modify standard types unless I really-really need. Would it be possible to
assign <INS> to some other key (into unused shift level)?
Comment 2 nix 2006-04-07 05:12:50 UTC
The iBook keyboard has only one key for destroying text: It's in the upper right
corner of the keyboard, below the "F12" key and it's labelled "delete".

This key is currently used as follows (fn is a modifier that X is unaware of):
delete              == Backspace
fn + delete         == Delete
ctrl + alt + delete == Zap

IMO the semantics of having "insert" be a modification of "delete", in the
absence of any other keys that destroy text are best suited for giving the iBook
keyboard "insert" capability:

delete              == Backspace
fn + delete         == Delete
ctrl + alt + delete == Zap
apple + delete      == Insert

If you feel there is a key better suited for "insert", please have a look at
this picture: ftp://tux.go-nix.ca/incoming/iBookG4kbd.gif
Comment 3 Timo Jyrinki 2007-02-22 14:28:33 UTC
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