Introduction to the Roadmap

This blog post contains the October 2018 update to our roadmap for Keyman. This roadmap depends very much on the resources available to our team, and it will change over time. It is not a promise to deliver by a date, but rather our best estimate as to where we want to take the project.

Older versions of the roadmap:

We welcome comments and suggestions on our plans. Many of the dot points here deserve more detail, and as we start work on these, we’ll aim to make the working documents available for design feedback as well.

We’ll aim to update this roadmap periodically – as we adapt to the ever changing software environment and priorities shift accordingly.

Get Involved

As Keyman is open source, we also encourage you to consider becoming involved. There are many ways you can be involved:

The Roadmap

11.0 – Jul 2018 – Feb 2019

  • Bring KMFL into project
    • Target Ubuntu LTS, Wasta Linux; possibly Debian
  • Refactor Keyman Engine on Windows core (“Keyman Core“)
    • Use in KMFL
    • Use in KM4Mac
    • Use in Debugger / Command Line Tests
  • Bug fixes, compatibility and stability
    • Windows – Interop with Metro
    • Web – Look at touch layout multitap performance; tweak usability
  • Look and feel refresh, all platforms
  • Remove adhoc .json style keyboard install
  • Complete iOS and Android code refactoring
  • Complete cross-platform consistency evaluation
  • Keyman Developer
    • Replace code editor -> remove encumbered code and use Monaco open source web-based code editor
    • Use Chromium embedded web engine instead of IE
      • Replace web host form
      • Use (existing) internal web server instead of file system for Project, Help, etc.
    • Converters and Projects
      • LDML to KMN converter
      • Windows keyboard to KMN converter
      • Basic Template Projects
  • Groundwork for predictive text – design, data collection

12.0 – Mar 2019 – Sep 2019

  • Predictive Text
    • Dictionary support
    • Corrections
    • Word / phrase completion
    • Mobile and web platforms
  • Keyman Desktop – use Chromium embedded web engine instead of IE
    • Replace web host form
    • Use internal web server instead of XSL
  • Complete Typescript refactoring for KeymanWeb
  • Converters
    • LDML to KMN converter
    • InKey to KMN converter
    • KMN to MSKLC, XKB, macOS, etc.

13.0 – Oct 2019 – Sep 2020

  • Optimised input tools: Minority language keyboards as first class citizens
    • Swipe-style input?
    • Swipes for longpress shortcuts
    • Other input tools?
    • Double-tap caps lock, etc
    • Longpress on Windows / Mac?
  • Predictive Text
    • Learning
  • Consolidate Keyman Engine support across platforms
    • Streamline UI customisation
  • Consistent APIs? Keyman Developer web edition
    • LDML editor
    • Rewrite of existing tooling
    • Desktop host for debug and test
  • Native engine on iOS / Android
    • Uses portable Keyman Core from 11.0
  • Native LDML engine


2 thoughts on “Keyman Roadmap – October 2018”

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[…] on fixing issues and improving stability, rather than introducing lots of new features. See the Keyman roadmap for more detail on where we are going in future […]

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