Florence is an extensible scalable virtual keyboard for X11. You need it if you can't use a real hardware keyboard, for example because you are disabled, your keyboard is broken or because you use a tablet PC, but you must be able to use a pointing device (as a mouse, a trackball, a touchscreen or opengazer); If you can't use a pointing device, there is gok, which can be used with just simple switches.

Florence stays out of your way when you don't need it: it appears on the screen only when you need it. A timer-based auto-click input method is available to help disabled people having difficulties to click. You may also check the new efficient ramble method.

Florence Virtual Keyboard

You can browse the full documentation for more informations.


If you are looking for an input method for your X11 desktop, Florence may suit your needs or you may check the alternatives section of the documentation.


Florence is free software. You are free do use it for any purpose, to modify it or to hire someone to modify it for you. You are also free to distribute it or a modified version, provided you do not add any other restriction. If you wish to distribute this software, please make sure you understand all the implications of the license. The full license is available at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.html.


Florence is integrated in the Ardesia project
Ardesia is the free digital sketchpad software that help you to make colored free-hand annotations with digital ink everywhere, record it and share on the network. It is easy to use and impressively fast and reactive. You can draw upon the desktop or import an image and annotate it and redistribute your work to the world. Let's create quick sketch and artwork.
Pietro Pilolli <alpha@paranoici.org> of the Ardesia project has contributed back a significant amount of code to the Florence project, including the original ramble input method implementation, bug fixes and other patches that have yet to be merged.

Arnaud Andoval <arnaudsandoval@gmail.com>, Stéphane Ancelot <sancelot@free.fr> and Laurent Bessard <laurent.bessard@gmail.com> from Numalliance have contributed a lot of code, including the gnome panel applet implementation, bug fixes and more patches that have yet to be merged.

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Author: François Agrech
Last update: 16th of May, 2014