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    Subject2.6.0-test5 vs. Japanese keyboards
    In thread "Re: Trying to run 2.6.0-test3", Alan Cox replied to me:

    > > What will it take this time?
    > Posting the patch with any luck ?

    I knew that that would not be sufficient. On 2003.07.24, I think in the
    days of 2.6.0-test1, posted a patch for Japanese PS/2
    keyboards. On 2003.08.31, in the days of 2.6.0-test4, I posted a revised
    patch to include Japanese USB keyboards. 2.6.0-test5 includes neither of
    them because the keyboard driver maintainers don't personally depend on
    Japanese keyboards.

    Since posting has not been sufficient, I beg Mr. Pavlik, just once per
    release, please try pretending that you might have to depend on a Japanese
    keyboard. You don't have to use one daily as your colleague Dr. Fabian
    does. Just twice per release, once in a plain text console and once under
    X11, please try testing a Japanese PS/2 keyboard and Japanese USB keyboard.

    In particular the troublesome keys are yen bar and backslash underscore.
    You don't need a Japanese font. If you use an ASCII font then the keys
    display as backslash bar and backslash underscore. If you use a Japanese
    font then the keys display as yen bar and yen underscore. In all cases the
    ASCII backslash or JIS-Romaji yen character are code point 0x5C.

    (Don't worry about the labels on the right-hand side of each key, for direct
    kana input. Less than 0.1% of Japanese and other residents of Japan ever
    use direct kana input under Monopolysoft Windows, and probably none at all
    under Linux. When inputting Japanese, common practice is to input the
    pronunciation in Italian characters and let the OS convert first to kana and
    then to Kanji. We depend on the labels on the left-hand side of each key,
    including the two mentioned above. Exception 1: yen and backslash are
    really the same character even though the keys have different labels.
    Exception 2: a shifted 0 doesn't really produce a ~ but it is enough that a
    shifted ^ does so, but it doesn't matter that Linux has added real input for
    a shifted 0.)

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