Michael Hasselmann

New features in MeeGo Keyboard

This week we published new features for the MeeGo Keyboard, including accent popups (activated through long-press on certain keys) and support for Chinese Input Methods. The latter still requires an IM engine that supports Cangjie for example to be really useful (not provided by MeeGo Input Methods).

Ubuntu users can easily test it out, as I updated the packages in the MeeGo Input Methods PPA. I also enabled all language layouts by default for those packages, as we yet have no real UI for the Desktop to control such settings. You will have to install the additional layouts package manually though (package is called meego-keyboard-zh-layouts).

One can switch to another language by swiping to the left or right (on the keyboard itself), which is admittedly a bit stressful with a mouse (and nigh impossible with touchpads!). It works quite nicely though when using touch screens. I am sorry for the strange transition animation, it apparently needs some adjustments for the desktop.

We'll also have some GNOME3-related news soon, so stay tuned!


Ollie commented on April 25, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Hi there, I've seen on various screenshots on this site that your meego virtual keyboard has a return key, but my installation doesn't seem to have one? How did you get yours in meego?

Michael Hasselmann commented on April 25, 2011 at 7:54 p.m.

@Ollie: That sounds like a bug, perhaps something regarding styling. A screenshot could help.

Ollie commented on April 26, 2011 at 2:37 a.m.

Thanks for the quick responce. My keyboard looks exactly like this one in the screenshot on the wiki:


If I press shift on the keyboard a return symbol appears on the space bar, but all that seems to do is add a new line in gedit, for example and not submit an enter web address like a return key should.

Michael Hasselmann commented on April 29, 2011 at 10:33 p.m.

Ah, that's the keyboard for MeeGo 1.1 - I remember that weird return key behaviour.

Wait for the MeeGo 1.2 release which is coming soon :-)