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medha-3 for linux

A few of us are used of typing with medhA keyboard layout. It follows phonetics mostly and is easy to use.
To have a fun and to learn something about computing I switched to linux and felt that medhA is not with me.
So, tried a little. Created a custom layout. Applied it. Trials and errors were there.
But, I had a working keyboard.

Here is it for all who need it.

1. Copy and paste it and save as a text file sa(no extension)

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//medha for linux
default alphanumeric_keys
xkb_symbols “sa” {

name[Group1]= “sanskrit”;
// Number rows
    key <TLDE> { [ U0950, U0901, U0951 ] };
    key <AE01> { [ U0967, U0909, U0952 ] };
    key <AE02> { [ U0968, U090A, U1CDA ] };
    key <AE03> { [ U0969, U0960, UA8F3 ] };
    key <AE04> { [ U096A, U090C, U1CF2 ] };
    key <AE05> { [ U096B, U0961, U1CF5 ] };
    key <AE06> { [ U096C, U0914, U1CF6 ] };
    key <AE07> { [ U096D, U0943, U1CE9 ] };
    key <AE08> { [ U096E, U0944, U1CEA ] };
    key <AE09> { [ U096F, U0962, U1CEB ] };
    key <AE10> { [ U0966, U0963, U1CEC ] };
    key <AE11> { [ U093D, U094C, U1CEE ] };
    key <AE12> { [ U1CEF, U1CF0, U1CF1 ] };

// First row
    key <AD01> { [ U0925, U0920, U1CF3 ] };
    key <AD02> { [ U0948, U0910, U1CF4 ] };
    key <AD03> { [ U0940, U0908 ] };
    key <AD04> { [ U0930, U090B ] };
    key <AD05> { [ U0924, U091F ] };
    key <AD06> { [ U092F, U097A ] };
    key <AD07> { [ U0941, U0942 ] };
    key <AD08> { [ U093F, U0907 ] };
    key <AD09> { [ U094B, U0913 ] };
    key <AD10> { [ U092A ] };
    key <AD11> { [ U0947, U090F ] };
    key <AD12> { [ U0927, U0922 ] };
    key <BKSL> { [ ] };

// Second row
    key <AC01> { [ U093E, U0905 ] };
    key <AC02> { [ U0938, U0936 ] };
    key <AC03> { [ U0926, U0921 ] };
    key <AC04> { [ U092B ] };
    key <AC05> { [ U0917, U0918 ] };
    key <AC06> { [ U0939 ] };
    key <AC07> { [ U091C, U091D ] };
    key <AC08> { [ U0915, U0916 ] };
    key <AC09> { [ U0932, U0933 ] };
    key <AC10> { [ U091E ] };
    key <AC11> { [  ] };

// Third row
    key <AB01> { [ ] }; // z
    key <AB02> { [ U0937 ] };
    key <AB03> { [ U091A, U091B ] };
    key <AB04> { [ U0935 ] }; //
    key <AB05> { [ U092C, U092D ] };
    key <AB06> { [ U0928, U0923 ] }; //
    key <AB07> { [ U092E, U0919 ] }; //
    key <AB08> { [ U094d, U0906 ] }; //
    key <AB09> { [ U0902, U0965 ] };
    key <AB10> { [ U0903, U0964 ] };

// space, space, Zero-Width-Non-Joiner (ZWNJ), Zero-Width-Joiner (ZWJ):
    include “nbsp(zwnj3zwj4)”

// begin modifier mappings
//    modifier_map Shift  { Shift_L };
//    modifier_map Lock   { Caps_Lock };
//    modifier_map Control{ Control_L };
//    modifier_map Mod3   { Mode_switch };
include “level3(ralt_switch)”
};

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2. add this to evdev.xml
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<variant>
          <configItem>
            <name>sa</name>
            <description>sanskrit</description>
            <languageList>                         
            <iso639Id>sa</iso639Id>
                          </languageList>
          </configItem>
        </variant>
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3. Open termial and run this as superuser
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setxkbmap -layout ‘us,sa’
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4. Set switching keys in keyboard options.

That’s all.

Note that I was unable to put ligatures in this keyboard. So, if you want to type प्र you have to press p + , + r . Just pressing shift + p will not work (as was in the case of ‘medhA for windows’).
Another thing, I was not able to activate this keyboard with GUI and any change made there caused loss of medhA. I hope someone will help me.

यतिरहं श्रीमतो भगवतः शङ्कराचार्यस्य भगवत्पादाभिधां बिभ्रतः सम्प्रदायानुगतो वेदतदनुकूलसकलशास्त्रनिचये श्रद्धावान् गुरुणाऽनुल्लङ्घनीयशासनेन विदितवेदवेदान्तशैवाद्यागमतन्त्रादिरसरहस्येनाऽनुगृहीतो निश्चितवेदप्रामाण्यस्तादृशविद्वत्त्वलोभी येन जीवन्मुक्त्यादिक्रमेण विदेहकैवल्याप्तिरुपदिष्टा मात्रा श्रीमत्या स्नेहपरयोमया हैमवत्या श्रुत्या॥

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