Terminal menu short-cut(s) override Unicode composition

Bug #799983 reported by John Cook on 2011-06-21
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This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)
Undecided
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-terminal

What I expected to happen:
Keying CTRL+SHIFT+U 2F should produce a question mark.

What actually happened:
Keying CTRL+SHIFT+U 2F produced the Search -> Find... dialogue box.

To reproduce:
1) Open gnome-terminal
2) Key Shift+CTRL+U 2F

Extra details:
Disabling "enable menu access keys" in Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts... has no effect.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: gnome-terminal 2.32.1-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic 2.6.38.2
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Jun 20 23:32:47 2011
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/gnome-terminal
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release i386 (20110427.1)
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_GB:en
 LANG=en_GB.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

John Cook (watfordjc) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
joelproko (joelproko) wrote :

Bug still present in quantal.
The example is a bit badly chosen though, since I doubt there are keyboard layouts with latin characters without a question mark.
Better examples would be ctrl-shift-uFE (þ aka SMALL THORN) and ctrl-shift-u26f (ɯ aka IPA high back rounded vowel aka SMALL TURNED M).

However, there is the following user-side fix: Instead of keeping CTRL and SHIFT pressed when releasing the U and then typing the hexcode, press CTRL-SHIFT-U, then release all keys, type the hexcode and press space. This method, though it necessitates an additional keypress (space), does the same as the first method and avoids any ctrl-shift-<key> triggered commands.

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