Welcome to GOK

Special note: if you are a GOK user, or wish to help out with the project we need to hear from you!  Please send us an email.

GOK is award winning software that provides text entry and graphical user interface interaction using only switches and/or mouse devices.

GOK is an on-screen keyboard that provides access to the GNOME desktop via dynamically generated keyboards, and text entry via one of the provided alphanumeric keyboards, or a dynamic keyboard created based on the users current system keyboard driver, or even a user made keyboard.

GOK keyboards are created in two ways. Dynamic keyboards are created (while GOK is running) to provide access to the desktop and application GUIs.  Premade keyboards are specified using fairly simple xml (“.kbd”) files.  Current keyboards include:

  • launcher.kbd
  • move-resize.kbd
  • gok-controls.kbd
  • main.kbd
  • numberpad.kbd
  • text-operations.kbd
  • hide.kbd
  • quit.kbd
  • valuator.kbd
  • Keyboard.kbd
  • mouse.kbd
  • qwerty.kbd

GOK allows the creation of new ways of operating the gok keyboards via xml “access method” files (“.xam”) files. These files also provide the description of the user interface for the access method’s settings. Current access methods include:

  • automatic-scanning.xam
  • dwell-selection.xam
  • singlekey-automatic-scanning.xam
  • singlekey-inverse-scanning.xam
  • directed.xam
  • inverse-scanning.xam
  • direct-selection.xam

Started in late 2001, GOK was created at the ATRC (University of Toronto) with funding from Sun Microsystems. GOK’s current strength is in minimal gesture (e.g. 1 switch) access.

GOK needs help! There is a list of enhancement requests that we welcome anyone to help out with. GOK has lot of room for improvement including a need for easier configuration, visual slickness, as well as refactoring and bug fixing. For a critical review please read Henrik’s GOK review.

GOK gnome site: http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gap/AT/GOK/index.html

GOK gnome wiki site: http://live.gnome.org/Gok

Aside from the gnome on screen keyboard for Linux systems we also offer GOK keyboard which is available as an android app in the Google Playstore. Since Android is Linux based, we thought we'd expand the support.
The GOK keyboard is obviously a virtual keyboard for android devices, based on the Linux on screen keyboard and it's one of the most popular keyboard apps on the platform. It offers unrivaled flexibility and features, such as themes, emojis, GIF's, auto correction, gesture typing and voice input. For those wondering how to access on screen keyboard, it's quite easy: Just make the GOK keyboard your default keyboard in the settings and every time you tap on an empty field for typing the keyboard automatically appears.

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Our keyboard also has great support for all sorts of games, hence it will be displayed in landscape mode in which most games are played in. The GOK keyboard has been in development for years and it's in a very stable state while being feature rich. If you have some kind of query, feature request or bug report we would appreciate it if you emailed us.