Is Xorg aware of text areas?

Alan Coopersmith alan.coopersmith at
Mon Jul 13 17:57:11 PDT 2015

On 07/13/15 03:27 PM, James Heald wrote:
> I'm trying to figure out how I can create some program/script that automatically
> brings up a keyboard when a text field is active. Therefore I need something to
> tell me whether or not a text area is active, and I was curious if that's
> something Xorg would be able to tell me or if it would be the window manager
> that would get that kind of information.

Nope - that's all handled at the toolkit level, well above the X protocol,
neither Xorg nor the window manager would know that.

Your best bet is to hook into the accessibility frameworks, such as atk there.

	-Alan Coopersmith-              alan.coopersmith at
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