lately I've been looking for a way to create a desktop-wide keybinding for FreeSpeak.
I first looked into Tomboy and Deskbar source codes but the egg was too huge to be adopted, and it would have brought C dependency which isn't always nice for a Python project.
Then fargiolas pointed me to a blog post where I could find about gnome keybindings owned by gnome control center. Well that was only a mirage as it doesn't really grab the key but it's only a visual entry in the keyboard shortcuts preferences.
After a few days I've finally found a not-so-hackish solution in about one hundred lines of Python code.
Here is the snippet (download), only using Xlib and GTK+ Python bindings.
def callback (keybinding):
keybinding = GlobalKeyBinding ("/apps/appdir", "key_binding")
keybinding.connect ('activate', callback)
The only problem is that it doesn't make use of GDK filters because PyGTK doesn't provide such function wrappers and there's no GDK-to-Xlib mapping available.
But yes, it works very good.