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Kvkbd - KDE4


KDE Accessibility Application

Score 73%
Kvkbd - KDE4

Kvkbd - KDE4

Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  2843
Submitted:  Dec 4 2008


Kvkbd is a virtual keyboard for KDE, it contains many feature like system tray and dock support, autodetection and on the fly change of the keyboard layout, scripting with DBus, etc.

This version was originally released with Kubuntu 8.10 but I was delaying it's official release until some issues could be solved(see below). Due to a lack of time I'm releasing it here because it's usable and works well.

KNOWN ISSUE(see README for full list):
- Launching Kvkbd with KDM4 doesn't work(and doesn't with any app at all in fact). I've been trying to solve that with the KDM maintainer but we still haven't found a good solution unfortunately.


* Fix behaviour of the caps lock, num lock, alt gr and shift keys(thanks to Scott for his Caps Lock patch!)
* Repeating keys by pressing a button for a long amount of time now works correctly
* Correctly save the configuration options
* Remember if the extent was visible when closing and display it at the next start if it's the case
* Added semantic markup to the i18n() calls
* Added a hack so that keys "^" and "¨" are displayed correcly, at least on azerty keyboards
* Correctly displays the "&" key(previously it only worked if it was accessible using the Shift key)
* The numpad doesn't go beyond the screen edge when enabled near the right of the screen
* Added a DBUS Interface
* Use kdelibs coding style
* Bug fixes and code cleanup
* 0.5.99 regressions fixed:
- The dock now show/hide the widget only when it is clicked, not dragged
- Memleaks fixes (thanks to Laurent Montel!)
- Update the keyboard mapping if xmodmap/setxkbmap changes it

0.5.99(only released for Kubuntu Intrepid Alpha)
* KDE4 port
* Use a double arrow icon instead of ">>" for the button to show/hide the numpad
* Display a 4 arrows cursor when dragging the keyboard
* Various bug fixes and code cleanup
* User manual for Kvkbd

* added lock function in settings menu to make app window stay locked on the screen.
* right button clicking behave as if shift is clicked.

* new dcop commands docw_show, docw_hide, docw_state query and toggle the dockwidget state

* dcop scripting fixes, now implements show, hide and state functions. Usage 'dcop kvkbd kvkbd' to see all functions. 'dcop kvkbd kvkbd "show()"' to show the widget explicitly.
* Fix to correctly save and restore the visibility state of the keyboard widget.

* new button to popup the dockmenu, helping users without right click.
* Store/Restore position of the keyboard on screen.

* bugfix when started without x running. Confirm working with KDM and --loginhelper option passed (tested in kubuntu)

* Auto font size implemented
* Button repeating function.

* Resizable/Moveable main window. Numeric/Cursor pad layer. Additional dcop command - toggle

* dcop commands added:
- use dcop kvkbd kvkbd show and dcop kvkbd kvkbd hide to toggle visibilty

* First run syncing with current choosen keyboard layout
* Font configuration implemented
* "-loginhelper" option to be used on KDM/XDM screen (an entry should be added in Xsetup if you want kvkbd on the login screen - kvkbd -loginhelper -display :0)
* Caps/Shift mode updates for non latin keyboards.
* Systray left mouse button update as requested

* characters on the virtual keyboard are now changed to the right characters when the localization of the keyboard (e.g. US->CZ) is changed.
* Dock widget tolerant to pen press

* Initial version

(Kvkbd 0.6 - Source tarball)
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 DSO implicit linking

 by rezzabuh on: Feb 15 2010
Score 50%
Red Hat & Fedora KDE

We have new policy in Fedora - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/ChangeInImplicitDSOLinking, could you please fix kvkbd to link X11 directly?


Thank you

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 Re: DSO implicit linking

 by Smarter on: Jun 4 2010
Score 50%

Thank you for the patch, I just applied it, but a bug report on bugs.kde.org would have been more appropriate ;).

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 Re: Re: DSO implicit linking

 by rezzabuh on: Jun 4 2010
Score 50%
Red Hat & Fedora KDE

Ops, sorry I didn't check kvkbd on bugs.kde.org... My fault. Thanks.

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 Re: DSO implicit linking

 by kitterma on: Dec 21 2010
Score 50%

We're making this change in the Ubuntu project now too, so the patch is much appreciated (pulled it from kdesvn)

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 bug with firefox

 by hangman on: Apr 20 2010
Score 50%

There is a bug with firefox and autocompletation in google box on top right. When you type and when firefox make you a suggestion, it disable kvkbd, and you have to retype the letter. It's a very annoying bug.

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 docking position?

 by janet on: Oct 10 2010
Score 50%

How can I bribe kvkbd not to dock into the upper left corner of the screen but into the lower right corner? I can move the dock icon to the desired position but after the next KDE login it is in the upper left corner again. :(

It would be great if the docked app would remember the dock icon position once changed by the user.

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 black buttons layout

 by dglent on: Oct 10 2010
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since 1 week the keyboard is black (the buttons) and i cant see each button's label.

Mandriva 2010.1
KDE 4.5.0

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 kvkbd crashed when enty

 by obelix on: Apr 23 2011
Score 50%

Hi. I use kvkbd with Kubuntu 10.04 / 10.10 and openSUSE 11.3 / 11.4 on my Tabled PC. When i write with kvkbd, it crashed without notification.



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 Love it. Thanks

 by Landis on: May 16 2016
Score 50%
the Reed Foundation

I've been using for 2-3 years now.
Just saw your page here, and thought I would say:

Thank You.

the Right is right the Left is wrong.
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