I am a new member, lured in by Find And Run Robot, and the first thing I would like to try out here is a coding snack idea. I would be quite thrilled if somebody could implement the idea, because it has been bugging me for years!
Quick description: Simple hotkey keyboard language switching for all previously launched and newly launched applications. The icing on the cake would be an option to make keyboard languages device-specific, i.e. allow simultaneous use of one internal English laptop keyboard and one external German USB keyboard. (Win XP)
Long-winded description: I use two different keyboards (internal laptop and external USB) and I also use two different languages (English and German). The internal keyboard happens to have the US-English layout printed on it and the external one happens to be German, but that is not important just yet. What is important is that I frequently switch between keyboards and languages in all possible combinations. Currently I do this via the windows language bar (ctfmon.exe) using ALT-SHIFT to toggle between English and German. Unfortunately, the language bar implements keyboard layout on an application by application basis. So, lets say I am writing an email in German on the German keyboard, and I suddenly want to check something on the web. I launch a browser and start typing but forget that, by default, I am now back to a US keyboard layout. I am reminded when all the Ys and Zs are switched, not to mention the lack of Ä, ß, ... As far as I can tell there is no way to make windows understand that when I switch to the German layout, I mean ALL applications and not just the active window. There is an additional feature that may be very useful. I usually have both keyboards within reach, and might not have to switch languages as often (reducing memory-related spelling problems), if I could simultaneously have the laptop keyboard mapped to the US layout and the USB keyboard mapped to the German layout. Just imagine all those keys actually doing what they say! By the way, I happen to use a variant of windows XP, but I suspect that there are many other multi-(keyboard-)lingual folks out there who could benefit from this, so "win all" would be best.
Thanks in advance,