How can I make a widget for language changing in BTT?

I have a few languages on my computer and it would be helpful if there could be a language changer widget.

The Spelling checker you mean, the one you can find in System Settings → Keyboard → Text?

Well, I made a shell script that checks for it:

#!/bin/sh

MULTI=`defaults read -g NSSpellCheckerAutomaticallyIdentifiesLanguages`

if [ $MULTI -eq 1 ]; then echo 🌐
else
    MULTI=`defaults read -g NSPreferredSpellServerLanguage` 
    if   [ $MULTI = fr ]; then echo 🇫🇷
    elif [ $MULTI = de ]; then echo 🇩🇪
    elif [ $MULTI = it ]; then echo 🇮🇹
    elif [ $MULTI = en ]; then echo 🇺🇸
    elif [ $MULTI = ro_RO ]; then echo 🇷🇴
    elif [ $MULTI = Romanian ]; then echo 🇷🇴
    else echo ❔
    fi
fi

to change the language to Automatic by language run this script:

#!/bin/sh

MULTI=`defaults write -g NSSpellCheckerAutomaticallyIdentifiesLanguages 1`

to change the language to English run this script:

#!/bin/sh

MULTI=`defaults write -g NSSpellCheckerAutomaticallyIdentifiesLanguages 0; defaults write -g NSPreferredSpellServerLanguage en`

to change the language to French run this script:

#!/bin/sh

MULTI=`defaults write -g NSSpellCheckerAutomaticallyIdentifiesLanguages 0; defaults write -g NSPreferredSpellServerLanguage fr`

Etc. Basically replace the last two letters to what you get if you run defaults read -g NSPreferredSpellServerLanguage in the Terminal.

It kinda works, but is a bit buggy sometimes. Not sure wether this isn't due to macOS though.

How about for languages that have various input methods? Is there a two letter code for those?

Set the language you want to know in the system settings, then run this terminal command:

defaults read -g NSPreferredSpellServerLanguage

You'll get a result such as en for "Automatic by Language", de for German, my self added language Romanian returns ro_RO. It's this result you have to paste at the end of the commands (attention, it's capital sensitive).

Thanks

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Changing the language doesn't seem to help though. It just returns "en" as that is my system default


сделал виджет для переключения языка

111139's solution worked out for me. The core of the bttpreset file is to create a trigger action to hit a keyboard shortcut to change the language. The optional Mac script displays an icon matches the current selected language.

---- Apple Script ----

set activeKbdLayout to my getActiveKeyboardLayout()
on getActiveKeyboardLayout()
  set plistPath to "~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.HIToolbox.plist"
  try
    do shell script "defaults read " & plistPath & " dummy"
  end try

  tell application "System Events"
    repeat with pli in property list items of ¬
      property list item "AppleSelectedInputSources" of ¬
      property list file plistPath
      try
        return value of property list item "KeyboardLayout Name" of pli
      end try
    end repeat
  end tell
  return "Unknown"
end getActiveKeyboardLayout

if activeKbdLayout is "U.S." then
  return "🇺🇸"
else if activeKbdLayout is "Russian" then
  return "🇷🇺"
else if activeKbdLayout is "Unknown" then
  return "🏁"
else
  return "🏁"
end if