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Virtual / On-screen keyboard

Some users with physical disabilities may find it easier to use only the mouse or a similar pointing device instead of a traditional keyboard. To enter text, these users can benefit greatly from a virtual or on-screen keyboard, where they can point to letters or words to enter them as text.

Discussion by Disabilities (Benefits & Preferred Behaviors)

Physical Disabilities

An on-screen, virtual keyboard allow people with certain disabilities to enter text more easily and more efficiently than with a traditional keyboard.

Existing Products

Please note that these products are not necessarily endorsed by RtF, but represent the range of available options.

Open Source and free

These products are free and their source code may be modified with few restrictions.

Free, not necessarily open source

These products are free to use, but may have strict restrictions on viewing and modifying source code.

Commercial, with free trial

These products are free to try for a limited period of time or with limited functionality. They must be purchased for full functionality.

Commercial, no free trial

These products must be purchased to be used, and did not offer free trials at the time of posting.

Related Research and Papers

  • A virtual logo keyboard for people with motor disabilities – University of Algarve – Norte, S. and Lobo, F.G. (2007)
  • An evolutionary system for the Sc@ut platform – University of Granaca, Spain – Paredes-Garrido, M. D. (2006)
  • The design and field evaluation of PhotoTalk: a digital image communication application for people with Aphasia – University of British Columbia – Allen, M., McGrenere, J., and Purves, B. (2007)
  • Learn more about physical disabilities.

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