Finger Keyboard

Dale Maggee antisol at
Sat Oct 25 07:21:26 CEST 2008

on 2007.2:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./", line 62, in <module>
    import etk
ImportError: No module named etk


I also like the Idea, though, but some thoughts:

- The fullscreen keyboard should also have a 'paste' button, so that 
when you select the field (i.e: a cursor appears), the fullscreen 
keyboard immediately pops up, you type what you want, and you press the 
'ok / paste' button which makes the fullscreen keyboard dissappear and 
pastes the text you've entered into the text field. Maybe this could 
even be the enter key?

- I'd prefer not having to go from portrait to landscape and back every 
time I have to type something - if this could be done in portrait mode 
somehow, that would be very nice.

- if at all possible, making it terminal-friendly would also be a bonus. 
I'm thinking that certain keys (like the arrow keys) should immediately 
send that key signal, rather than having to arrow / paste. But then 
maybe the terminal isn't very friendly to a fullscreen keyboard...


Leonti Bielski wrote:
> Did not tested it yet, but I think a big keyboard is a good idea.
> Big keyboard with a tiny text field (reasonably tiny :)) would be great to
> rapid texting without any guessing system.
> Leonti
> On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 3:28 PM, "Marco Trevisan (Treviño)"
> <mail at>wrote:
>> Nik Lutz wrote:
>>> The code is a real hack - I see it as a proof of concept for my initial
>> idea:
>>> The keyboard should have two modes.
>>> - A fullscreen-mode with plenty of space for big buttons and a textfield.
>>> - a minimized-mode with at least two buttons: one to switch to
>>> fullscreen. The second to PASTE the text that was written in
>>> fullscreen-mode to the target.
>> I've not tested your keyboard due to some python errors (etk.TextView
>> wasn't recognized, and I had not time to workaround/fix it; however the
>> idea is really nice to me. I'd like to get a keyboard exactly like that
>> (and with a dictionary-based typo check like the illume standard
>> keyboard does)!
>> I think that just adding to the Illume keyboard the ability of going
>> fullscreen (after rotating to landscape) with an its own text field to
>> be used as a temporary text field would be cool!
>> --
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