Sharing literki work

Neil Jerram neil at
Mon Oct 17 14:46:06 CEST 2011

On Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:34:12 +0300, Timo Jyrinki wrote:

> Yes! I still found literki the most interesting keyboard around,

Me too.  Its code is nicely organised and easy to read and modify.  I 
like the transparent overlay approach, and its target of being 
finger-usable, and the hide/show control by swiping.  And the touchpad 

My only reservation is that I've found it not to look very beautiful.  
Plus I'm interested at the moment in optimising for a landscape UI.  
Those are the motivations for my current work.

> which
> is why I packaged it in Debian (some patches at [1], probably not
> interesting if not the 03).

I have those already, apart from 02, because I started from the Debian 
package.  I've independently implemented something like 02.

> If only I could find out how to force it
> to stay on top on my setup so that I wouldn't need to restart it 
> every
> time I switch a window and want to write something... (I have a 
> button
> for that in my tihos program).

Yes.  My idea about that is that I'd like the Input Method (IM) system 
to tell a small server program (which is pretending to be an IM engine) 
when keyboard input is needed, and then that program could run literki 
and make sure that it is on top.  Do you think that might work?

I believe that ibus is the most modern and actively developed IM 
system, so I've installed that and am looking at its doc, but haven't 
got far yet with working out the detail of what would be needed.


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