Why is it called GeckoTIP?

What do I do if I have trouble installing GeckoTIP?
Please read the troubleshooting guide carefully.

What is "input scope guessing", "recognition filter", etc?
As of service pack 2, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition allows programs to define an "input scope" associated to a text entry field, that is, a category of data that the TIP expects the input to be in, such as "Name", "Phone Number", "Address", or "URL", to name a few. This allows for more accurate handwriting recognition because the TIP knows what kinds of input to expect and biases the recognition in favor of the appropriate input type. So for example, if a URL is expected, not only does the TIP give you the extra buttons, like "www.", ".com", and "http://", but it does other things, like it ignores spaces in between the words you write, making entering a URL with handwriting recognition a LOT easier. Similarly, if the input scope is set to "Number" and you draw a vertical line, the TIP is much more likely to think it's a "1" and not an "l".

With GeckoTIP installed, whenever you select a textbox or other text input field, the extension will try to guess, based on the website information associated to the text field, what kind of input is expected, and adjust the ink recognition in the TIP accordingly. The current guess is shown in a box in the lower right corner of the screen, in the status bar. If GeckoTIP guessed wrong, you can manually set an input scope by clicking the box and selecting a new scope from the popup menu. GeckoTIP will remember your correction permanently, unless you select "Remove Filter" from the popup menu.

Why does the TIP sometimes dissappear after every time I enter text in some textboxes?
This issue has been completely worked around in GeckoTIP 0.9 with Firefox and Thunderbird 1.5 and higher. In earlier versions the problem may show up in some dialog boxes and other miscellaneous windows. It is due to a bug in Firefox and Thunderbird. The TIP monitors certain "caret location change events" sent by the application. When text is inserted the TIP expects the caret (i.e. the blinking line signifying where text goes) to move as a result. Firefox and Thunderbird don't reliably send these events to the TIP for textboxes that don't appear in a website, such as the URL bar and search bar. However, GeckoTIP 0.7.5 and higher attempts to work around this problem by monitoring text input to these textboxes and artificially forcing Firefox and Thunderbird to send the necessary events. Therefore the "TIP dissappearing bug" doesn't present itself in MOST textboxes.

If this bug annoys you, you can vote for it to get fixed on bugzilla. You will need to create a bugzilla account first.

How can I help translate GeckoTIP to other languages?
It's easy, and you don't need to know how to program!
Register at Babelzilla as a translator and sign up as a translator for GeckoTIP. You can translate all the files directly through the website with extensions ".dtd" or ".properties".

Additionally, you can add to or modify the search patterns for the scope guessing to reflect your language. This may improve scope guessing on non-English websites, because these patterns are searched for in certain website text in order to figure out what kind of data is expected in a given text field. To modify the patterns, select the custom pattern matching file option from the GeckoTIP options dialog.

In the file, you should only modify alphanumeric text that lies between slashes and vertical bars, like "/number/" or "/username|login|userid/". The file has comments explaining further. Do not change any of the non-alphanumeric characters unless you're familiar with regular expression syntax.

Send the translated file to geckotip at and I'll include it in the next release of GeckoTIP for everyone in your locale to use. If your computer is set to the corresponding language localization, GeckoTIP will automatically use the correct language files!

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