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10.6: Emulate input language switcher from Leopard
Authored by: atassaad on Dec 01, '09 12:27:53PM
It's just a run-of-the-mill global keyboard shortcut conflict and a systematic approach is called for, IMHO. Personally I try to change the System's (or global) keyboard shortcuts out of the applications' way, or away from more specific shortcuts, because
  1. They might clash with one or more other global shortcuts, and that needs to be resolved.
  2. They might clash with shortcuts within one or more applications without the facility to reassign shortcuts.
  3. They might clash with an application with so many shortcuts that you might not be able to modify them successfully within the application or remember your own modifications.
  4. Since I might have to talk to others about app behavior I don't need to make the exchange harder.
So I just went to keyboard shortcuts and assigned the Select Previous Input Method to F13 and disabled the Next (one-key shortcut: nice for when I'm switching languages as I end up doing that a lot in bilingual contexts. F13 through F15 are unused by default).
A user can choose otherwise based on their circumstance: I ended up with Spotlight on Cmd-option-H, LaunchBar on Command-H, and Photoshop can fend for itself (I don't have it on this machine).

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