It's difficult for the user to know the current state of capslock, or if they've accidentally enabled it

Reported by Elazar Leibovich on 2010-09-15
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Application Indicators
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Ayatana Design
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Indicator Applet
Undecided
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One Hundred Papercuts
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xserver-xorg-input-keyboard (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

When I'm setting the capslock key to switch between keyboard layouts in the Ubuntu Preferences->Keyboard->Layout->Options->Keys-to-change-layout, I'm also implicitly setting the "shift+capslock" key to switch the "Real" capslock state of the keyboard.

Users who don't know that might press "shift+capslock" by accident, and then will be stuck with capslock on.

There should be a clear notification in the spirit of "You chose capslock to switch between keyboard layouts. This means that now shift+capslock would turn the capslock state on and off", after the user chose "capslock" as the key to switch keyboard layouts.

Chris Wilson (notgary) wrote :

I think the core issue here is that there is no mechanism by which the user can easily know the state of the capslock. I think the following solutions would rectify this:

- Notify the user via an Application Indicator that the capslock has either been enabled of disabled.
- Have an icon appear in the panel when the capclock has been enabled, in the same way that the key icon appears when root privileges have been given.

Also, since this is a feature request, I am invalidating this as a paper cut.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Invalid
summary: - Notify user that shift-capslock changes capslock state when using it to
- switch keyboard layout
+ It's difficult for the user to know the current state of capslock, or if
+ they've accidentally enabled it
Ted Gould (ted) wrote :

There isn't anything that needs to be done in indicator-applet or indicator-application to support this. Marking as invalid for those projects.

Changed in indicator-application:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in indicator-applet:
status: New → Invalid
Elazar Leibovich (elazarl) wrote :

It is very relevant for the keyboard option (you can get to them by right clicking the indicator application), where it should clearly state something like "Warning, setting capslock to switch keyboard layouts will make shift+Capslock to turn on the capslock".

So please add it as relevant to the keyboard layout preferences.

Sergio Zanchetta (primes2h) wrote :

This is a nice solution for this issue:
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/09/indicator-keylock-ubuntu/

It would be great to have it by default.

Timo Aaltonen (tjaalton) wrote :

not a driver bug.

Changed in xserver-xorg-input-keyboard (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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