Transparent keyboard in illume

kimaidou kimaidou at
Sun Mar 8 20:49:27 CET 2009

Waou, THIS IS GREAT ! I am very happy to find someone with the same will,
but skilled ! For me, qwo is also the fastest keyboard, and making it
fullscreen + transparent will make it the killer keyboard. Congratulation
for sharing your method. I will try it asap.


2009/3/8 Richard Kralovic <riso at>

> Hello,
> despite some skepticism about having transparent keyboard in illume, I
> decided to try it. After some work, I got it working. More precisely, I
> am using the qwo external keyboard (an implementation of quikwriting
> technique); imho it's great with stylus, and also quite finger-friendly
> when the keyboard is large enough. I think it's quite usable. As for
> speed, displaying/hiding the keyboard is quicker than displaying/hiding
> the default keyboard, since the application window is not resized (which
> is usually quite slow).
> I wrote a small howto about it, it's (together with screenshots) here:
> Actually, to get it work, I had to fix some bugs/annoying features of
> Xglamo. I reported these (together with patches) as ticket #2242 and
> #2243 at about one week ago. Unfortunately, I got no
> answer regarding these patches. Would it be possible to accept them to
> the openembedded repository and close the tickets?
> Next, I had to force illume not to resize the running application when
> displaying keyboard, and also not to force the width of the keyboard to
> be equal to the width of the screen. Currently, I have only very ugly
> hack to do this and I am not quite sure how to do it right. I am
> thinking of making illume look for the _NET_WM_WINDOW_OPACITY property
> on external keyboards, and behave in above-described way if this
> property is set. Would this be acceptable for including upstream?
> Greets
>        Richard
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