Grogerf, I experimented the whole morning with your tutor but was not able to set things up as you described.However I do have a desktop icon for Firefox which goes straight to google when clicked on. For this occasion I adapted the shortcut to go to google australia when clicked on and that one works fine.I used this as a starting point for the rest which follows below ....
This is what I have in the Properties, tab Application of the desktop icon of firefox:Command = 'exact_path_to_FF-executable' http://www.google.com.au/
or :Command = 'exact_path_to_FF-executable' 126.96.36.199Back to the Firefox Desktop shortcut from above : that one functions OK, now if we could hang a shortcut to it, it would serve the same goal as you were trying to accomplish with your keyboard layout/shortcut set up attempt.
It's not easy but there are a couple of ways ...Start programs like a pro with XBindKeysSee : http://applications....07/01/10/176226
XBindKeys, as the name implies, binds keys to a command. It runs in the background and waits for you to run a shortcut that's defined in its configuration file.
I installed and set it up it in my Fedora distro ...it didn't work ...
I then found this document:http://www.linux.com...6/05/18/1546209
especially the 'Launching applications' section.I set it it up like below:In the KDE menu structure there's an entry for Firefox : KDE > Internet.The properties of that shortcut I modified to read:'exact_path_to_FF-executable' 188.8.131.52In your case the 'exact_path_to_FF-executable' will already be there.Read on...Control Center > Regional and Accessibility > Keyboard Shortcuts > tab Command Shortcuts : select and highlight the Firefox entry in the Internet section;Now at the bottom of this window where it reads 'Shortcut for selected command' select the custom radio button and hit the push button at the right of it : fill in the shortcut you want, I opted to keep it simple and selected Alt+F. Now click on Apply and close the Control Center. (and don't do the suggestion placed at the upper half of the window to go to the menu editor and blah blah blah ... it doesn't work.)Now on your desktop back again ? Nice, hit Alt+F and there ya go : Firefox launches and immediately opens up the australian google page !. Go on, try it !Enough ? Close FF, reboot the machine and try again : you'll see it doesn't work anymore.
Duh ! Yep, but I found out why ...
Did you still have 'Current scheme' selected at the Shortcut Schemes ??? There you have the culprit,
while being selected and then doing any modifications these won't get saved through the next reboot, because the Current Scheme acts as a fallback scheme and thereby gets overwritten at reboot with a hardcoded copy. So there goes your modification.
What you have to do is this:Control Center > Regional and Accessibility > Keyboard Shortcuts > tab Shortcut Schemes > select Windows scheme (with Win Key)
> hit the Apply button
> hit tab Command Shortcuts > select and highlight the Firefox entry in the Internet section;Now at the bottom of this window where it reads 'Shortcut for selected command' select the custom radio button and hit the push button at the right of it : fill in the shortcut you want, I opted to (again) keep it simple and selected Alt+F. Now click on Apply and close the Control Center.
Back with an empty desktop try Alt+F : Firefox launches and immediately opens up the australian google page.Log out and back in and repeat Alt+F : it still works.Now reboot the machine and repeat with Alt+F : you'll see this time it still works.
Took me a couple of hours to find this out,only combining this and that and at last looking through the help file of these shortcuts, I saw why it is impossible the way you did it and the way I above tried to replicate it. I hope you can follow the above little step-by-step to accomplish your task now, here on my machine now it works OK.