Virtual Keyboard

Since R1 2020 Telerik UI for WinForms suite offers a RadVirtualKeyboard control. It is a software component that allows the input of characters without the need for physical keys. The interaction with the virtual keyboard happens mostly via a touchscreen interface, but can also take place in a different form in virtual or augmented reality.

On a desktop computer, a virtual keyboard might provide an alternative input mechanism for users with disabilities who cannot use a conventional keyboard, or for bi- or multi- lingual users who switch frequently between different character sets or alphabets, which may be confusing over time. Although hardware keyboards are available with dual keyboard layouts (e.g. Cyrillic/Latin letters in various national layouts), the on-screen keyboard provides a handy substitute while working at different stations or on laptops, which seldom come with dual layouts.

RadVirtualKeyboard will serve the need of a virtual keyboard with consistent theming for each WinForms application with Telerik UI for WinForms controls.

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Key Features

  • Provides the possibility for text input in a keyboardless environment.

  • Predefined layouts.

  • Support for defining custom layouts

  • Support for XML files.

  • System synchronization: Windows input language change will be monitored. When the keyboard layout is changed, the symbols on the keyboard keys are also updated based on the current Windows input locale.

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