[ale] TouchScreen???

Steven A DuChene sad at hpuerca.atl.hp.com
Mon Nov 30 17:39:06 EST 1998

On Mon, Nov 30, 1998 at 05:30:18PM -0500, David Hamm wrote:
> We've used touch screens before and there is no magic unless you buy the cheep
> ones.  The nicer touch screen monitors emulate a Microsoft mouse the cheaper
> ones have their own protocol and may require special driver development.  Both
> use the serial port.   No real need for any special software the only problem
> is the size of the menus and buttons. ANSI screens lend themselvs better to
> touchscreens than do graphics screens simply because of the size of the buttons
> and menus.
>  On Mon, 30 Nov 1998, Nomad the Wanderer wrote:
> >Does anyone have any knowledge about touch screens under linux?  I'm
> >working on a buisness proposal to use them but that'll be a turning point.
> >
> >In particular, I have a programmer who's going to write me some menuing
> >software and it'll be implemented with a touch screen, but he's hoping
> >I can find an "API" for it.  Anyone have any ideas?
> >

In addition there are extensions/modules for XFree86 to support touch
screens. See the info on Xinput extension support at:

Steve DuChene              sad at ale.org

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