Paul Fox | 3 May 02:40 2005
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matchbox with no pointing device

hi -- my long-time interest in matchbox is moving from the
personal to the professional.

at work we're developing a small (dedicated task) handheld on
which we may manage the (fairly small) screen using X.  there's
no pointing device, but there is a small keypad (with arrows, one
meta key, a couple of function keys, and Enter).  since the screen
is small, matchbox seems a natural.  since there's no pointing
device, i have a couple of questions:

 - keyboard shortcuts seem pretty straightforward.  where do i
   look for a complete list of keynames?  (i assume these the X11
   names, as used in xmodmap, correct?  i can never find the list
   when i need it.)

   the doc pages refer to the following syntax for the kbdconfig
   file.  the footnote, at least in the html version, is dangling.
   what does the footnote say?
	!$   Launch or raise preexisting application, keeping just a
    		single instance running.  [1]
   (is there a reason that the doc source isn't simply included in the
   source tarball?)

 - wmctl claims to control an EWMH/NetWM compatible X window
   manager.  is matchbox such a window manager?  the bit of
   playing i've done says "yes".  any caveats i should know
   about?  being able to switch windows, close them, etc, from
   scripts will be important on this device.

   i assume matchbox has no concept of "desktop", correct? 
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Matthew Allum | 3 May 11:14 2005

Re: matchbox with no pointing device

Hi;

on Mon, May 02, 2005 at 08:40:50PM -0400, Paul Fox wrote:
> hi -- my long-time interest in matchbox is moving from the
> personal to the professional.
>

Cool, :)

> at work we're developing a small (dedicated task) handheld on
> which we may manage the (fairly small) screen using X.  there's
> no pointing device, but there is a small keypad (with arrows, one
> meta key, a couple of function keys, and Enter).  since the screen
> is small, matchbox seems a natural.  since there's no pointing
> device, i have a couple of questions:
>  
>  - keyboard shortcuts seem pretty straightforward.  where do i
>    look for a complete list of keynames?  (i assume these the X11
>    names, as used in xmodmap, correct?  i can never find the list
>    when i need it.)
>    

Check /usr/include/X11/keysymdef.h

>    the doc pages refer to the following syntax for the kbdconfig
>    file.  the footnote, at least in the html version, is dangling.
>    what does the footnote say?
> 	!$   Launch or raise preexisting application, keeping just a
>     		single instance running.  [1]

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Paul Fox | 3 May 15:04 2005
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Re: matchbox with no pointing device

hi matthew --

 > on Mon, May 02, 2005 at 08:40:50PM -0400, Paul Fox wrote:
 > > hi -- my long-time interest in matchbox is moving from the
 > > personal to the professional.
 > >
 > 
 > Cool, :)

i think so too.  i love my job.  ;-)

thanks for all the feedback.

 > >  - keyboard shortcuts seem pretty straightforward.  where do i
 > >    look for a complete list of keynames?  (i assume these the X11
 > >    names, as used in xmodmap, correct?  i can never find the list
 > >    when i need it.)
 > >    
 > 
 > Check /usr/include/X11/keysymdef.h

i see.  i guess i'm always looking for a list of strings.  this will
do fine.

 > >    what does the footnote say?
 > > 	!$   Launch or raise preexisting application, keeping just a
 > >     		single instance running.  [1]
 > 
 > Hmm, I think it should say the single instance app should support
 > startup notification too.
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Matthew Allum | 3 May 15:08 2005

Re: matchbox with no pointing device

Hi;

on Tue, May 03, 2005 at 09:04:10AM -0400, Paul Fox wrote:
> 
>  > on Mon, May 02, 2005 at 08:40:50PM -0400, Paul Fox wrote:
>  > > hi -- my long-time interest in matchbox is moving from the
>  > > personal to the professional.
>  > >
>  > 
>  > Cool, :)
> 
> i think so too.  i love my job.  ;-)
>

 :) Please do let me know what is it if it gets to market.

> thanks for all the feedback.
> 
>  > >  - keyboard shortcuts seem pretty straightforward.  where do i
>  > >    look for a complete list of keynames?  (i assume these the X11
>  > >    names, as used in xmodmap, correct?  i can never find the list
>  > >    when i need it.)
>  > >    
>  > 
>  > Check /usr/include/X11/keysymdef.h
> 
> i see.  i guess i'm always looking for a list of strings.  this will
> do fine.
> 

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