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Keyboard contributions for inclusion in SFOS.

asked 2015-12-09 17:24:30 +0300

ApB gravatar image

updated 2016-01-29 21:53:33 +0300

Important Info

See this post by Pekka about how to contribute: https://together.jolla.com/question/124266/keyboard-contributions-for-inclusion-in-sfos/?answer=128114#post-id-128114

@veskuh said in the latest meeting that they can/will look into integrating community contributed keyboards in a future SFOS versions. (the sooner the better i might add)

The only requirement he gave thus far is the license. They prefer BSD.

If you created a keyboard and you agree with the above (license and req) feel free to post it here.

A request:Could someone post this thread in talk.maemo.org in the keyboards thread. Just in case someone wants to contribute?

(add yours)

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I would like to submit Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi Keyboards that I put together. These are Indian languages and will help make Intex and other Sailfish phones/tablets more attractive to Indian customers. I can also put together some other languages

They also require Indian Language Lohit Fonts to be available in the system. I believe lohit-devanagari (Hindi) font, is included in Sailfish 2.0. Please include all Lohit fonts, so all Indian languages display correctly, with next update.

What and how do I submit the keyboards? Do you just need the source layout files?

AbyZThomas ( 2015-12-18 00:13:16 +0300 )edit


Create a separate answer for each language. You must include a lisence other than gpl v3 (if you agee with that of course). Not sure if @veskuh wants them in github or something but i believe posting the qml file here will be enough.

Also since jolla is working with an Indian company maybe someone must clarify what languages are not ready (or soon to be included) yet in order to avoid duplicate work.

ApB ( 2015-12-18 00:29:36 +0300 )edit

Don't forget an emoji keyboard...

vattuvarg ( 2015-12-19 16:24:23 +0300 )edit

@vattuvarg there was one i think. If the guy that created it wants to contribute the door is open.

ApB ( 2015-12-19 17:20:33 +0300 )edit

Is this the right place for me to add a request?

I'd like a keyboard layout with "all the available diacritics", for example as "dead keys" (press diacritic, then press key to add the diacritic to) - or optionally as longpress-alternatives.

A later version of that would then have the ability to choose, say, up to four dictionaries to it.

E.g. I usually write in Swedish and in English, but now and then I may want to include the occasional ü and ß (u-umlaut and "Eszett"/"scharfes S", available in e.g. German), and I'm also presently learning Esperanto (which uses ĉĝĥĵŝŭ). It would be neat to be able to type all of these without having to switch keyboards inbetween.
Also: Do note, that while learning Esperanto it's actually to my advantage to not have a dictionary built-in!

I guess such a keyboard would need to be available in a Latin variant, and then a separate Cyrillic (maybe mixed with Greek?) variant.

phle ( 2015-12-21 16:16:28 +0300 )edit

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answered 2016-01-29 15:23:04 +0300

Pekka Vuorela gravatar image

Been thinking a bit and checking the potential layouts. I think contributions should comply with following criteria:

  • BSD license to not cause conflict of any sort.
  • Use existing fonts, preferably those known to play well with main system font (font weight, line spacings etc).
  • Have clear demand, i.e. votes on t.j.c. Especially if the layouts are some kind of special.

For Indian languages, I've already implemented a bunch and more or less all need some kind of font or font rendering fixing. Also implemented Greek layout as it's the most requested one. Arabic input has had work in progress layout for some time, but hasn't been finalized due to needing some RTL support and font side polishing. I should probably finally look into those.

On rest of offered, Japanese needs font support as well as emoji, RTL languages need better support in general. For demand side, only left with >10 votes would be Ukrainian.

So, at the moment the amount of potential layouts for inclusion seems quite small. Anyhow, if someone wants to contribute, best could be to send me via email, pekka.vuorela@jolla.com

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I understand demand needs, but it would have solved the lack of kbd layouts already if those could be installed from the store, high demand or not.

Macilaci457 ( 2016-05-16 21:41:39 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-12-22 16:24:38 +0300

Slovenian attached sl.qml.zip

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mail it to pekka

ApB ( 2016-12-22 21:05:56 +0300 )edit

Did it already, just he asked me to collect votes for it.

martonmiklos ( 2016-12-22 21:12:42 +0300 )edit

Oh ok.

TBH i see no point in collecting votes in order to include something that isn't there in the first place and contributed by the community. :/

ApB ( 2016-12-22 21:16:08 +0300 )edit

Well I am on the same option, but Pekka said: No clear limit, just for maintenance burden and simplicity trying to avoid layouts only a couple persons would use.

So please give it a thumbs up to get this done. Thanks!

martonmiklos ( 2016-12-22 21:20:14 +0300 )edit

It this is the one released in 2.1.4. I'm grateful. I didn't check the author but kudos for a great Slovenian keyboard.

Filip K. ( 2018-03-10 21:28:15 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-12-19 07:07:56 +0300

AliN gravatar image

Romanian - Română


Available from OpenRepos

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answered 2015-12-21 12:47:47 +0300

Hungarian (Magyar)


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answered 2016-01-10 00:30:13 +0300

Paranoja gravatar image

Ukrainian -- Українська

Available from OpenRepos.

Related TJC answer.

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answered 2015-12-19 07:09:27 +0300

AliN gravatar image

updated 2015-12-19 07:22:24 +0300

Romanian on English layout - Română


Available from OpenRepos

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answered 2016-01-17 13:15:19 +0300

Bundyo gravatar image

Bulgarian Phonetic - Българска Фонетична


Available from OpenRepos.

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@Bundyo have you emailed the files to rekka?

misc11 ( 2016-05-25 16:03:03 +0300 )edit

Not yet, I didn't see the update until now.

Bundyo ( 2016-05-25 17:11:02 +0300 )edit

@Bundyo sledges told me here that if you do it could be included already in the next update

misc11 ( 2016-05-25 17:17:59 +0300 )edit

Thanks, will make sure to send it.

Bundyo ( 2016-05-25 20:56:43 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-16 14:49:27 +0300

Schturman gravatar image

Hebrew - עברית
Awilable from OpenRepos.

P.S. @Pekka already know about issue with qt text rendering (https://together.jolla.com/question/129140/bug-right-to-left-vkb-have-problem-after-last-system-update-2017/?answer=134685#post-id-134685)
Hope it will be fixed in upcoming updates and Hebrew keyboard will be added as official.


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answered 2016-02-21 23:57:19 +0300

peremen gravatar image

Korean - 한국어

It makes no sense omitting K on CJK in these days. There is no apparent font issues there on stock Sailfish OS, although I don't like the Korean glyphs of Droid Sans Fallback. (Even Android - where Droid Sans came from - changed Korean font twice)

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What about the prediction engine support? Does XT9 offer Korean support and if not, could presage be an option?

Toxip ( 2018-06-15 01:16:28 +0300 )edit

I don't know how exactly the licensing works if there are multiple contributors but at least I will give permission to change the license on the special layouts cheonjiin layouts I contributed to dotdanbae.

Toxip ( 2018-06-15 01:27:54 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-12-17 14:43:25 +0300

veskuh gravatar image

Pekka hasn't been around so I haven't yet verified from him the requirements, but in general what we need to do is:

  1. Have the keyboard as open source, with a license that is ok.
  2. Answering to this thread with a link to source repository would be good start
  3. Technical review
  4. UI review (inc. analysis from our language expert)

If all are good then we need to package the keyboard and can include it in images. Other thing that has together issue also would be to check what can we do to start accepting keyboards in our store.

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What about Thai keyboard and Thai language support?

Ongkut ( 2016-01-21 14:49:10 +0300 )edit
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