[Interest] how to handle non-ASCII input in qt

Tomasz Olszak olszak.tomasz at gmail.com
Sun Jul 19 12:13:52 CEST 2015

2015-07-18 22:58 GMT+02:00 Will Parsons <varro at nodomain.invalid>:
> On Saturday, 18 Jul 2015  2:42 AM -0400, Thiago Macieira wrote:
>> On Friday 17 July 2015 20:38:59 varro wrote:
>>> I'm writing a Qt application using the ruby bindings in which I need
>>> to be able to support entering non-ASCII data (accented characters and
>>> so on).  Googling seems to indicate that the normal way of handling
>>> this is using ibus to provide an input method.  Although I've
>>> installed ibus, it doesn't start (running ibus-daemon results in a
>>> "cannot execute default panel program"), and I've unable to solve
>>> this.  (Documentation on ibus is appalling.)  Can anyone help with
>>> this?
>>> (Note: this is using X under FreeBSD, no DE [just a window manager].)
>> You don't need to do anything, not even run a DE or an IME (like ibus). It
>> should simply work out of the box, provided your X configuration is correct.
>> Make sure your X can produce those characters and you're set.
> OK - that's helpful information.  I still don't know what do, but you
> say this can be handled at the X level, somehow?
>> If you can't, then you should simply copy & paste from a character table, like
>> the one shown by kcharselect.
> Hmm.  I tried copy-pasting a character from Emacs, without success.
> But even if that were to work, I'd want some way to allow the user to
> input common characters like "é" with some easily-remembered key
> combination, e.g., "e'" (or something).
Set you keyboard layout in X configuration to one you prefer (with
special characters). Probably your  locale and keyboard is not
configured correctly.
If you make it work for terminal it will probably also work for your

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