How to contribute to Dasher
If you would like to be kept up to date with Dasher
development news, join the Dasher Yahoo Group.
If you decide you'd
like to hear special announcements only, you can join the same
group, and then modify your membership settings at the
discussion group website.
Click to subscribe to dasher-text-entry using your browser
We have a Dasher
for discussing Dasher development.
Bugs and FAQs
If you have questions about Dasher, please follow the Any questions?
link and use this FAQ to report any bugs or problems you
When reporting bugs, please be sure to give the precise version of
Dasher you are using, and complete information about how to reproduce
[Our bug tracker is located at bugzilla.
Source code repository
The dasher code is hosted by the GNOME project, and they have just (April 2009)
converted to using the git version control system.
To grab a copy of the latest source code, type:
git clone git://git.gnome.org/dasher
(If you want the check-out to appear in a folder other than dasher, append
a folder name to that command.)
You can also browse the source code at
The Dasher code consists of two main sections - a platform independent
core, and a platform dependent interface. The core has been written
with portability in mind and so should build on most platforms with a
modern C++ compiler. Note that Dasher currently requires the Expat XML
parsing library to read alphabet definition files - for embedded
platforms, it may be desirable to replace the AlphIO functionality
with simpler code rather than port or include Expat.
The platform dependent interface code is responsible for passing user
input to the Dasher core and displaying the Dasher canvas and
outputting text. Documentation for how the interface should communicate
with the core may be found here.
Dasher is distributed under the GNU General
Public License (GPL). If there is
sufficient demand, the core code may be relicensed under the LGPL in order to
allow it to be included in environments where requiring the GPL may be
If none of the above routes satisfies your needs,
please send an email.