Chat integration reimagined
With the latest cycle, the elementary developers decided to drop
Epiphany Empathy, a GNOME oriented chat program with support for many networks and protocols, out of the preinstalled software collection, because of integration and design issues. This week, we’ve seen ideas, plans and mockups for a new way of integrating chat functionality. A community member named “SuperScript” abridged earlier plans made by Daniel Foré and put the chat access into plank for the first time in its concept. Later on Sam Hewitt improved the idea and cleaned up the mockup a bit (picture on the left). Voices in the comments were mostly amazed by that concept (don’t forget – it’s just a concept, still), though not everyone was happy about seeing a split Plank. I, personally, like that idea, would use and appreciate it often, and you wouldn’t have to use it, if you don’t like it. It’s hardly possible to get it in the near future, though it’s discussed internally in the elementary team. We’ll have to wait to see what happens.
Tip of the week – Use the On-Screen-Keyboard
Today I’ll show you how to find and use the on-screen keyboard, which is critical, if your actual keyboard is broken. It even just happened to me… As it’s important to know, how to find the necessary tools and ways to help yourself when you run into a problem, here’s how. Open the system settings and navigate to “Universal Access”. There you can switch to the category “Typing” and enable the on-screen keyboard. Just click the letters on GUI with your mouse-pointer to enter them. If you can’t even log in to your desktop, you’ll find it on the upper right edge in the human menu.
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