Introduction to GOK

GOK is a dynamic onscreen keyboard. It features Direct Selection, Dwell Selection, Automatic Scanning and Inverse Scanning access methods and includes word completion.

Package Information

GOK Dependencies


EsounD-0.2.37, ScrollKeeper-0.3.14, AT SPI-1.18.1, libwnck-2.18.3, libgnomeui-2.18.1, and GNOME Speech-0.4.16


libusb-0.1.12, intltool-0.35.5, and GTK-Doc-1.8

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/gok

Installation of GOK

Install GOK by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3 \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
chmod -v 644 $(pkg-config --variable=prefix

For full functionality of this package, you should install the libgail-gnome-1.18.0 package.

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3: This parameter causes the configuration files to be installed in /etc/gnome/2.18.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. Additionally (if applicable), the parameter ensures that the GConf-2 database is correctly updated.

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This parameter is used so that all ScrollKeeper files are installed in, and the ScrollKeeper database is properly updated in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of some files being installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild the API documentation.

Configuring GOK

Configuration Information

It is recommended that you configure your input device as an “Extended” input device. Exact configuration methods depend on the type of hardware attached to your system. See the README file in the package source tree and GOK Help for information on how to configure your input device.


Installed Programs: gok and create-branching-keyboard
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: The following subdirectories of $GNOME_PREFIX/: share/{,gnome/help/ ,gtk-doc/html ,omf}gok

Short Descriptions


is a dynamic onscreen keyboard utility.

Last updated on 2007-08-08 11:49:50 -0500