SHR - Keyboard

clare johnstone claregj at
Sat Dec 20 07:53:47 CET 2008

On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 5:34 AM, Joel Newkirk <freerunner at> wrote:

> The heart of it - fix the apps.  Or perhaps word it as "enhance the apps".
> In the meantime, I simply did: "cd
> /usr/lib/enlightenment/modules/illume/keyboards; mv Default.kbd Alpha.kbd;
> mv Terminal.kbd Default.kbd" and called it done.  When I pop up the
> keyboard manually or it triggers auto, I get the full terminal layout,
> which I'm far happier with as default.

Maybe you did something else as well.? I have set up SHR on the card,
which is much better as it has its kernel and modules ready installed.
I followed the above simple instruction. It is an improvement, as I
can now quickly select "Default" instead of "Terminal" which was
previously hidden under a black bar and very unresponsive. "Numbers"
are under there now. It can be got, by touching along the top edge of
the Black bar, (as I found I had to do before to get Terminal).

I would like to mention now that the keyboard is easier to read than
matchbox due to the relatively larger font of the letters. It is also
vastly improved by being white instead of black as it was at one time,
(I couldn't see where I was with the stylus.)

>>> > I suspect part of the reason people tend to dislike the qtopia and
>>> > default illume keyboards is that by default they don't do what we
>> expect,
There is a difference with Qtopia predictions they are not so in your
face and they dont seem to matter. If you just type you get there.

>>> barely hit with a finger - and the device has no place for a stylus (and
>>> the one that comes with it is so huge i wouldn't be seen dead carrying
>> it).

yes I agree, my stylus made of wire and a toothpick is on a cord
through the hole in the case which has saved it many times.

>> the default lean
>>> is towards using it as a PHONE - not as a terminal. i would assume the
>>> nerds have enough braincells to rub together to switch layout :)

I would assume they are even lazier than others as they know it
doesn't need to be so difficult. However I was fascinated on trying a
picture of a new moon to get a message "Suspending your Computer". At
last somebody thinks it is a computer :)

> IMHO the only thing the matchboxkeyboard has over the Illume - with Terminal as default - is that it takes
> up a bit less room.

Disagree, I still dont like the letters jumping up. is there a way to
turn that off?  Just "bold" them?


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