In many common desktops there is a panel/taskbar combination that incorporates an available gadget/add-on “thingy” that you can click and switch between keyboard maps. You may have customized maps or standard language mappings. It will not change the painted characters on your keyboard but it will tell the system what character is on which combination of keys. Openbox, out of the box, does not have such luxury. You can use lxpanel, or lxqtpanel, or xfce4 panel, etc. This kind of defeats the purpose of using openbox and trying to stay lean. Otherwise if you have all the LXDE/LXQT GUI functionality in openbox you might as well run the whole other desktop based on openbox.
So this is a solution discovered recently by the developer of Miyo-Linux, who may have deviated slightly and produced an LXQT version, who loves to improve and enhance Openbox based on Devuan. The solution works as far as we can tell on Openbox anywhere, so I employed it in Artix as well.
Try running this command first to see in what state is your X keyboard installation.
$ setxkbmap -print -verbose 10
In /etc/default/keyboard you can edit this keyboard definition and add a second or more languages (EDIT: 07112017: Miyo corrected that the maximum of languages/keymaps you could have is four). From a terminal you can enter a command such as
which if you were in French would switch to UK-english. In non latin based languages though then you are stuck in a terminal with unrecognizable commands, as this switch affects anythin X based (including terminal).:
or edit the above file and add: us, fr, es switching with left alt + left shift
# KEYBOARD CONFIGURATION FILE # Consult the keyboard(5) manual page. XKBMODEL="pc105" XKBLAYOUT="us,fr,es,gb" XKBVARIANT="" XKBOPTIONS="grp:lalt_lshift_toggle" BACKSPACE="guess"
This is also done on the same keyboard file /etc/default/keyboard by adding a line such as:
If this does not work, there is also /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/00-keyboard.conf
To be able to alternate between keyboard mappings/languages (example us,fr,es) with right alt + right shift the file should read as follows:
Section "InputClass" Identifier "system-keyboard" MatchIsKeyboard "on" Option "XkbLayout" "us,fr,es" Option "XkbModel" "pc105" Option "XkbOptions" "grp:ralt_rshift_toggle" EndSection
This will have an effect only after reboot, or to be precise after X is shut down and restarted. Please report back if you have any problems or in which cases this does not work so we can figure it out together.
PS – Edited: The first method did not work on Artix but the second part with 00-keyboard.conf did.