Projects / xvkbd


xvkbd is a virtual (graphical) keyboard program for X which provides a facility to enter characters onto other clients software by clicking a keyboard displayed on the screen. It also has facility to send characters specified as the command line option to other client.

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Recent releases

  •  14 Jul 2013 23:11

    Release Notes: Mode_switch and ISO_Level3_Shift should now work better, even without the XTEST extension. A problem where "Always on Top" did not work at startup has been fixed.

    •  31 Mar 2013 07:07

      Release Notes: This release fixes the code to manipulate keys assigned to the AlgrGr and Shift-AltGr positions.

      •  03 Mar 2012 01:00

        Release Notes: The -text option can now accept \{keysym} so that the specified key can be processed in a more primitive manner, and so that modifier keys such as Control_L, Meta_L, etc. can also be simulated. Also, \{+keysym} and \{+keysym} will now simulate press and release of the key, respectively.

        •  14 Mar 2010 11:21

          Release Notes: The "Behave as Toolbar Window?" option was added to the Property panel, which may make xvkbd work better with some kinds of window managers, such as Matchbox. "Always on Top" will work better with window managers that support the extended window manager hint _NET_WM_STATE_ABOVE. The -window option can now find the window whose title matches the specified string, and the string may now include the wildcard characters "*" and "?".

          •  17 Jan 2010 03:44

            Release Notes: The keypad is now customizable, too. Up to 25x25 keys can now be supported both for the main keyboard and the keypad.


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