Finally, gnome-applets are branched. Thanks, Davyd, for the help - and hurray! Immediately after 2.17.1 is out, I am going to commit libgnomekbd-related stuff to gnome-applets, gnome-control-center, gnome-screensaver (finally getting rid of CVS virtual modules libgswitchit and libkbdraw).
Spent several hours yesterday improving GkbdConfigRegistry DBUS interface and running unit tests on libgnomekbd. Found a couple of minor bugs in libgnomekbd and libxklavier (fixed version to be released soon). The good thing is that both APIs seem to be pretty stable at that point (new version of libxklavier works fine even with GNOME 2.16).