Transparent keyboard in illume

Yorick Moko yorickmoko at
Sun Mar 8 21:16:25 CET 2009

might be a stupid question,
but any plans on making a transparent large "normal" keyboard?
btw: it seems great!


On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 8:49 PM, kimaidou <kimaidou at> wrote:
> 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.
> Kimaidou
> 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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