--- Comment #19 from Mike FABIAN <mfabian(a)redhat.com> ---
"Surrounding text" means that the input method can ask the application what
text is already there in the application. I.e. the input method can ask gedit
what text is already there in the line one is typing in and even modify that
already existing text. This feature can be helpful in some cases. Some input
methods like ibus-m17n and ibus-typing-booster try to use that feature. They
first check if the application currently typed into supports this feature or
not. In case of gnome-terminal, this feature is not supported, so ibus-m17n and
ibus-typing-booster try to work without it. But in case of gedit, the check
returns that this feature *is* supported, so ibus-m17n and
ibus-typing-booster try to use it. In case of gedit running in Gnome under
Xorg this is no problem because in that case surrounding text actually works.
But in case of gedit running in Gnome under Wayland, the surrounding text
feature is broken.
See for example this bug: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1625626
That this surrounding feature is broken does not necessarily mean that the
input method crashes, in case of ibus-typing-booster input using vi-telex works
nevertheless (maybe just by accident, but it happens to work). But in case of
ibus-m17n, the broken surrounding text support in Gnome Wayland causes a crash.
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