"Czech (qwerty)" layout has " instead of ß in the 4th level

Bug #953477 reported by Václav Šmilauer on 2012-03-12
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In precise, a new version of /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/cz appears. The alternative "Czech (qwerty)" layout redefines <AC11> key, overriding the definition of "Czech" (the base layout). Thus, there is no ß in that layout, making it unusable for writing German texts.

Not sure if this is a good place to discuss it, but the 3rd level of the czech layout contains all characters needed to write German texts; omission of ß in favor of " (which is in the 2nd level of AC10 already by standard) defeats that purpose.

Workaround is to change that key back to include "ssharp":

--- cz.orig 2012-03-12 23:07:40.292135311 +0100
+++ cz 2012-03-12 23:08:15.700137025 +0100
@@ -90,7 +90,7 @@

     key <AB01> { [ z, Z, degree, NoSymbol ] };
     key <AC10> { [ uring, quotedbl, semicolon, colon ] };
- key <AC11> { [ section, exclam, apostrophe, quotedbl ] };
+ key <AC11> { [ section, exclam, apostrophe, ssharp ] };
     key <AD06> { [ y, Y, NoSymbol, NoSymbol ] };
     key <AD11> { [ uacute, slash, bracketleft, braceleft ] };
     key <AD12> { [parenright, parenleft, bracketright, braceright ] };

[Test Case]
1. In keyboard layout settings, set Czech (qwerty) layout
2. Hold the fourth level key (Shift+Windows or however you've configured it)
3. Hit the section key (§, 2 keys right of the L key on czech keyboards, or the ' key on us keyboards)
Broken behavior: " printed
Expected behavior: ß printed

[Regression Potential]
The patch only changes the czech keyboard layout, so the scope of regression risk is limited to that. This changes a specific key mapping; possibly some users may have gotten used to typing Shift+Windows+§ for ", but as mentioned in the bug report Shift+' gives the equivalent function with one fewer key press.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: xkb-data 2.5-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-18.29-generic 3.2.9
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-18-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 1.94.1-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Mar 12 23:01:55 2012

DistUpgraded: Log time: 2012-03-11 11:17:23.082591
DistroCodename: precise
DistroVariant: ubuntu
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
MachineType: LENOVO 3680D79
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-18-generic root=UUID=2fb6c33e-a177-47ef-b0f4-7ed9711f2114 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: xkeyboard-config
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to precise on 2012-03-11 (1 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 04/26/2010
dmi.bios.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.bios.version: 6QET45WW (1.15 )
dmi.board.name: 3680D79
dmi.board.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.board.version: Not Available
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: 6900025198
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.chassis.version: Not Available
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnLENOVO:bvr6QET45WW(1.15):bd04/26/2010:svnLENOVO:pn3680D79:pvrThinkPadX201:rvnLENOVO:rn3680D79:rvrNotAvailable:cvnLENOVO:ct10:cvrNotAvailable:
dmi.product.name: 3680D79
dmi.product.version: ThinkPad X201
dmi.sys.vendor: LENOVO
version.compiz: compiz 1:
version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs 20090808ubuntu33
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.30-1ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 8.0.1-0ubuntu2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 8.0.1-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu6
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.99~git20111219.aacbd629-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.17.0-1ubuntu4
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20111201+b5534a1-1build2

Václav Šmilauer (eudoxos) wrote :

This commit http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xkeyboard-config/commit/?id=d7a239e3a0a2af299b746bc478653e573d172699 mapped 3rd level of the AC11 key to quotedbl, but it should be ssharp to match the "Czech" layout.

This bug was originally reported at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xkeyboard-config/+bug/953477.

Changed in xkeyboard-config:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed

wait a sec, quotebl is on the 4th level of AC11. The 3rd level is apostrophe. Which one do you want to change?

My apologies, I meant 4th level; I changed the bug title accordingly.

summary: - "Czech (qwerty)" layout has " instead of ß in the 3rd level
+ "Czech (qwerty)" layout has " instead of ß in the 4th level

Right, fixed!

Changed in xkeyboard-config:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2012-04-30
Changed in xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package xkeyboard-config - 2.5-1ubuntu3

xkeyboard-config (2.5-1ubuntu3) quantal; urgency=low

  * Add 111_cz_ssharp.patch: Fix mapping of 4th level of the AC11 key to
    ssharp rather than quotedbl for the Czech layout. Cherrypick of
    patch from upstream.
    (LP: #953477)
  * Add 112_dk_dvorak_tilde.patch: Fix tilde key in the Danish Dvorak
    layout. It's not the same as Norwegian as has been assumed previously.
    (LP: #989626)
 -- Bryce Harrington <email address hidden> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 18:11:53 -0700

Changed in xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2012-06-05
description: updated

Hello Václav, or anyone else affected,

Accepted xkeyboard-config into precise-proposed. The package will build now and be available in a few hours. Please test and give feedback here. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you in advance!

tags: added: verification-needed
Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

Bug #1013881 is reported as a regression in xkeyboard-config 2.5-1ubuntu1.2 related to the change for bug #221112. Marking this SRU as verification-failed.

tags: added: verification-failed
removed: verification-needed
Václav Šmilauer (eudoxos) wrote :

I installed the version from precise-proposed and confirm that this bug is fixed and can be closed.

#1013881 and #221112 anre related to french layout and cannot be affected by this fix.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

@Steve: that's not a regression but a tradeoff, we basically go back to the situation we had in lucid, it's just that patch got dropped at some point by error

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-failed
tags: added: verification-failed
removed: verification-done
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

setting back to verification-failed to avoid any move until we have the question sorted

Chris Halse Rogers (raof) wrote :

Hello Václav, or anyone else affected,

Accepted xkeyboard-config into precise-proposed. The package will build now and be available at http://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xkeyboard-config/2.5-1ubuntu1.3 in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please change the bug tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not, change the tag to verification-failed. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/PerformingSRUVerification . Thank you in advance!

tags: removed: verification-failed
tags: added: verification-needed
Steve Langasek (vorlon) on 2012-07-03
tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
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