X Server MultiTouch Support

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at gmail.com
Mon Jul 16 04:35:45 CEST 2007

Haha! Here I am using shift religiously, at the same time saying that people
don't usually press two keys at once. Fantastic.

Okay, I see your point. The iPhone's touch screen is also definitely very
responsive; something about it feels really good compared to the usual touch
screen. Such a screen on a freed phone would certainly be a nice thing.
Still, I think that most of these gestures can be achieved on a resistive
touch screen. Retracting 90% of my pointless rant... perhaps multitouch
gestures could be implemented (emulated) for resistive touch screens, then
once a capacitive touch screen comes along the same interface could be
applied except without the emulation part. I still think most of these
gestures can be picked up (with some accuracy) via single touches, and
having trackpad-like functionality would be fun.

By the way, I have been linked to this X Server modification from four
different and completely unrelated places. (I'm toying with big optical
multitouch tables, too). Weird...
I guess that shows how awesome it is!
It would indeed be nice to see this widely used, because I'm sure that would
encourage more development - perhaps even a merge with the regular x server
along with a stronger effort by folks to prepare for the future. (Hopefully
software will soon stop assuming particular input methods... and I want
multiple drag and drop operations!)

-Dylan McCall

On 7/15/07, Bryce Leo <bryce.leo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes, but you're also ignoring that capacitive touch screens are more
> durable and longer lasting than resistive touch screens. And I don't
> know if you've ever used an iPhone, but i had no problems using the
> multi-touch freatures one handed or with two thumbs or a thumb and
> index finger. Try it for 15 or 20 mins before you knock it.
> **Sorry for the double Dylan. Gmail stinks at handling this list.
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