[mythtv-users] Touchscreen "workaround" (with help of other programs)?

Nils Berg t045tbr0t at yahoo.de
Tue Jan 8 20:04:14 UTC 2008

Well, as I said before, I'd really like to be able to use a  
touchscreen with MythTV.
But, since the switch of the Plugins to MythUI is not likely to  
happen in the near future, I figured I might as well try and create  
keyboard inputs with the touchscreen (;

This is what I came up with:

Part 1:
Use Gestikk (more info here) to map simple gestures to "up", "down",  
"left", "right" (simple strokes in the respective direction), some  
unique gesture to a script that pauses Gestikk's recognition, then  
calls onboard, an onscreen keyboard, and resumes the gesture  
recognition as soon as that is closed (e.g. text/number input is  
complete). I was thinking of a circle (either way) to invoke the  
Additionally, I'm hoping that the dev of Gestikk will honor my  
request and allow a "tap" element to be integrated in gestures, which  
could be mapped to return (single tap, that is), and a "hold" at the  
end of a gesture to repeat the command the gesture invokes (would be  
useful/needed for scrolling any sort of list that way).
Last, but not least, there would need to be gestures for both  
"Record" (since that one is frequently used) and "Back" (I don't  
think there's an exit button in every menu).

Part 2 (optional, may be easier to remember instead of multiple  
Use brightside to provide an escape "button" in one of the corners  
and a "record" button in another. I don't know how far the "active  
corners" reach into the screen (i.e. if it will be possible to hit  
that spot with a touchscreen, where it's hard to reach the very edge,  
unlike a mouse)

What do you think of this approach? Do you think it's feasible? This  
is just what I could come up with theoretically (I don't have a  
system to test any of this on atm, planning on setting one up this  
weekend), so it may be totally wrong...


PS: I would like it a lot more if it was possible to kind of turn the  
touchscreen into something similar to a trackpad (at least inside of  
myth), that is make it generate a button press in the appropriate  
direction for every, say, half-inch the user moves his finger.
Is there a program that would allow this sort of remapping?
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