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KMFL lets users change keyboards on the fly

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Setting up support for international characters should be "seamless," several readers said in responses to my recent article, "Setting up international character support." Keyboard Mapping for Linux (KMFL), a free software project rapidly approaching its 1.0 release, is dedicated to providing that seamlessness by adding a keyboard layer to the GNU/Linux desktop that allows on-the-fly switching of keyboard mappings. Although configuring this layer is an arduous process, and the current lack of keyboard mappings makes things worse, the result promises to be far easier for the average user than lower-level configuration.

KMFL is a joint project of SIL International and Tavultesoft. SIL is an international Christian organization devoted to the study and preservation of minority languages. SIL's recent free software releases include high-quality Unicode fonts such as Gentium and Charis, and Sil's new Open Font License has received Free Software Foundation approval.

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