Friday, August 5, 2011

So much to do, so little time

Well, my time here with GNOME is coming to a close. This, of course, doesn't mean I won't be contributing to future projects (or maybe even enhancing this one), but it does mean college is on the horizon and my time will be greatly limited by it.
Over the past few weeks, I've been working more on the backbone of the project to write a Gtk module in Vala for the onscreen positioning code. Everyone expects the keyboard to just pop up whenever they click into an input box, and so that's what I've been trying to deliver.
At this point, I've gotten it to where the GdkWindow determines the position of the box and a focus event handler (this one was thanks to Dan) figures out when the focus changes from the entry to a non-entry box. I've also used a global connection within the GNOME shell to tell me when focuses change within the shell.

What does this mean exactly?

Click on the search bar and the keyboard will pop up.

Then just start typing your entry.

Once you're done, click away from the search bar and the keyboard disappears. Well, that's all there is for now.

Until next week,

1 comment:

  1. That looks great. It's a pitty you won't have more time to develop this. Keep in mind that when in a form (webform), the @ should be shown when typing on the email field (html5). I think it's interesting thinking about the different type of fields to fill we can find and which specific keys should be shown on the keyboard.

    By the way, what's that application named «color»?