This manual is for GNU Typist (version 2.9.3, 7 June 2013), a program to learn typing in several languages and for different keyboard layouts.
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GNU Typist is an interactive typing tutor that can help you to type correctly. It has several lessons for different keyboard layouts and in different languages. The lessons for gtypist are described in a easy-to-learn scripting language that the user can use to modify the existing lessons or create new ones.
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GNU Typist is an interactive typing tutor program. It uses an input file to create a series of typing tutorials, drills, and speed tests. It is intended to be used on raw terminals without graphics. It has been compiled and used on GNU/Linux and Unix (OpenBSD, AIX, Solaris) and also on Windows.
The program reads lessons written in an easy-to-learn scripting language. It is distributed with several complete and good lessons. You can use them, modify them or create new lessons (see Create new lessons and see Script file commands).
If a script file is not specified on the command line, a default file gtypist.typ will be used. (See details about the path in the section see Environment Variables).
The top line of the screen displays a banner. The bottom line of the screen displays a message line, queries, and other status information. The lines in between are used for the tutorials, drills, and speed tests.
There are two types of typing exercises: drills and speed tests.
In a drill, gtypist displays text in every other line on the screen, and waits for the user to correctly type the exact same text in the intermediate lines. Typing errors are indicated with an inverse ‘^’, or ‘>’ if the character is a newline and at the end of the exercise it calculates the real and effective rate in Words Per Minute (WPM). If there were too many errors, it will re-run the drill.
Backward deleting of previously typed characters to correct errors is not allowed.
In a speed test, gtypist displays text on the screen, and waits for the user to correctly over-type the exact same text. It indicates typing errors, and at the end of the test it calculates the real and effective rate in WPM. If there were too many errors, it will re-run the speed test. Backward deleting of previously typed characters to correct errors is permitted, but errors still accumulate.
If you already made too many mistakes, then you can use ESC to give up and start again. You can also skip a lesson by pressing ESC twice. Once you complete a lesson, you will be asked whether you want to repeat it.
There are also “practice only” exercises (of both drills and speed tests) which you won’t have to repeat at all. But we won’t tell you when this is the case, so you’ll have to give your best anyway ;-)
In typing speed reports, a word is deemed to be five characters, so the raw (gross) WPM is the number of characters in the test passage, divided by five, then divided again by the number of minutes elapsed in typing the passage. The adjusted WPM factors in the errors; each error is counted as a mistyped word.
If preferred, speeds can be displayed in Characters Per Minute (CPM). This can be done by specifying “–scoring=cpm” at the command line.
The syntax to invoke GNU Typist is:
gtypist [ Options... ] [ script_file ]
gtypist will keep track of your personal best typing speeds and tell you when you’ve beaten them. Best typing speeds are saved in a “bestlog” in the user’s home directory.
Specifies the default maximum error percentage. The default value is 3.0 and it must be between 0.0 and 100.0. There is a corresponding script file command (see Script file commands) which only overrides this if it is stricter (smaller). This value is ignored for “practice only” drills.
gtypist will display the typing speeds in WPM after both drills and speed tests. However, the lessons appear to be written for a program that only does this for speed tests. To make gtypist behave in a manner that matches the lessons, that is, to sup WPM reports on drills, use -n or --notimer.
gtypist creates its own flashing block cursor on the screen, to help distinguish between the cursor and reverse video error indications. Setting -t or --term-cursor suppresses this, and forces the program to use the terminal’s cursor instead.
Sets the block cursor flash period in tenths of a second. A value of 0 indicates no cursor flashing. The default is 10, and the maximum is 512. This option is ignored if -t or --term-cursor has been set.
In normal operation, gtypist uses only normal and reverse video attributes in monochrome mode. This option may be used to specify the foreground and background colours on terminals that support colours. The colours are specified as two integers, in the range 0 to 7, separated by commas, setting the foreground and background colours. The colour codes 0 to 7 indicate black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, and white respectively. The default colours string is 7,0 - white on black. The option is ignored if the terminal does not support colours.
When gtypist detects a typing error, it will beep the terminal. Use this option to silence the beep.
Same as -s or --silent.
Specifies the label in the script file at which gtypist begins executing (see script files and commands below for information on labels). If this option is not used, gtypist begins execution at the first line of the file.
With this option, gtypist will try to mimic a word processor in certain ways when executing an exercise. It will treat space at the end of a line as a correctly typed character, and word wrap. It will treat return at the end of a line as a signal to move to the start of the next paragraph if applicable. It will compress multiple spaces into a single space. And it will skip over hyphens found at the end of a line.
Prohibit the user from skipping lessons or exiting from lessons via ESC ESC.
Highlight errors with reverse video.
Skips confirmation questions.
Change the color of the banner at the top of the screen. Color values are the same as for the –colo[u]rs command. The default value is 0,6,5,1 - black foreground, cyan background, magenta program name and red version name.
Change the scoring mode. WPM and CPM modes are available, with the default being WPM.
You also have to set the environment variable
LANG if you want
to run gtypist in your native language. See Environment Variables.
In some languages like French, some interface messages are longer than in English. Therefore, you may need to make your terminal larger before invoking the tool. Otherwise, the text on the lower left may overlap with the string on the lower right.
To run the default lessons of lesson gtypist.typ:
To run the lesson in Spanish:
To instruct gtypist to look for lesson bar.typ in a non
standard directory /home/foo:
To run the lessons in the file test.typ of directory
/tmp, starting at label
TEST1, using the terminal’s
cursor, and running silently:
gtypist -t -q -l TEST1
The following lessons are supplied with GNU Typist :
Quick QWERTY course in English
Long QWERTY course in English
QWERTY touch typing in English
Yet Another QWERTY in English
QWERTY Review in English
Dvorak touch typing in English
Colemak touch typing in English
Typing drills in English
Speed drills in English
Calculator keypad in English
Compendium of all previous lessons in English
Lessons in Czech
QWERTY course in Spanish
Lessons in Russian
These lessons are the standard lessons from Ktouch 1.6, which have been converted to gtypist’s file format with the included script, tools/ktouch2typ.pl.
The files are: ktbg.typ (bulgarian.ktouch.xml), ktbg_long.typ (bulgarian_long.ktouch.xml), ktde.typ (german.ktouch.xml), ktde2.typ (german3.ktouch.xml), ktde_neo.typ (german.neo.ktouch.xml), ktde_number.typ (german.number.ktouch.xml), ktdk.typ (danish.ktouch.xml), ktdk2.typ (danish2.ktouch.xml), ktdvorak.typ (dvorak.ktouch.xml), ktdvorak_es.typ (dvorak_es.ktouch.xml), ktdvorak_abcd.typ (dvorak_ABCD.ktouch.xml), kten.typ (english.ktouch.xml), ktes.typ (spanish.ktouch.xml), ktes_cat.typ (catalan.ktouch.xml), ktfi.typ (finnish.ktouch.xml), ktfi_kids.typ (finnish_for_kids.ktouch.xml), ktfr.typ (french.ktouch.xml), ktfr2.typ (french2.ktouch.xml), kthu.typ (hungarian.ktouch.xml), kthu_expert.typ (hungarian_expert.ktouch.xml), ktit.typ (italian.ktouch.xml), ktnl.typ (nederlands.ktouch.xml), ktnl_junior.typ (nederlands_junior.ktouch.xml), ktno.typ (norwegian.ktouch.xml), ktpl.typ (polish.ktouch.xml), ktru.typ (russian.ktouch.xml), ktru_long.typ (russian_long.ktouch.xml), ktru_slava.typ (russian_slava.ktouch.xml), ktsi.typ (slovenian.ktouch.xml), kttr.typ (tr.ktouch.xml),
german2.ktouch.xml has not been included because it is from the same source as ttde.typ and ttde.typ contains more information.
This is the German lesson of tipptrainer 0.6.0, which has been converted using tools/tt2typ.pl. It is quite extensive and has good explanations along the way.
If you find errors in these lessons, if you modify any of them or if you write a new lesson, please release it with a free license and tell us about it, by writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
typefortune lets you practice with text from
SYNTAX: typefortune [-dslh] [-n count] [-o <gtypist_opts>]
D: instead of
Run fortune with
Run fortune with
Practice <count> fortunes.
Pass options to gtypist, in the form option (boolean option,
-o word-processor), option,value (option with
-o e,1.0) where
option is the name of the
option (short or long) with all leading dashes removed. You need to
quote the argument to -o if you are specifying more than one
typefortune -n 3 -o 'silent e,5 word-processor'.
GNU Typist reads in the data for its typing lessons from a script file. With the exception of comments and blank lines, each line in the file is of the format
command_char : command_data
command_char is a single character code that defines an
action for gtypist to take, and
command_data is data for that
command_char is a space character, this indicates
that the line is a continuation of the preceding non-space
command. The ‘:’ separator must be in column two of the line.
Comment lines are lines beginning with a ‘#’ character, and are ignored, as are blank lines. Comment lines may have any format provided that they begin with ‘#’; other lines must have the above format.
You should read the introduction so that you are familiar with the basics: See Introduction.
The following is a list of valid
This command clears the complete screen. If any
present, it is displayed in the one-line banner at the top of the
screen, and remains in place until the next
B command. This
command may not be continued on the following line; it is a single
This presents a tutorial, and is a multi-line command, up to the limit of the screen length. Each line in the command is simply printed to the screen. This command clears the screen beneath the top banner line. After the display is done, the program waits before proceeding.
This indicates a label in the file. The label may be the target of a
F command. Labels may contain
any character except space (this restriction was added in gtypist
2.9), and are a single line command. Labels must be unique within
lesson files. White-space at the end of labels is ignored.
I command can display some brief instructions above a drill
or a speed test. Only two lines or less are permitted. Unlike the
T command, it does not wait for any further key-presses before
proceeding. So it should really always be followed by an exercise.
It clears the whole screen exercise area, so in this respect it’s just
like a two-line
This command is the new way to create menus (since gtypist 2.7). Here is the syntax:
M: [UP=RETURN_LABEL|_EXIT] "title" :LABEL1 "item1" :LABEL2 "item2" ...
This will display a convenient menu made from the specified items and
let the user to choose from them. If an item was selected, gtypist
will continue script execution from the corresponding label. If the
Escape key was pressed and
UP label is defined, gtypist will go
UP label likewise, or quit from, if there is
``_EXIT'' in the place of the label. If the
UP label is
not defined, gtypist will try to return to the previous menu and jump
to the last label met in the script before previous
If there is no such label and some menu was displayed before the
current one, gtypist will just go to the beginning of the script. If
none of the previous conditions were met, gtypist will just exit from
The above details make it natural to create menu hierarchies without
The title and all descriptions must be wrapped in quotes ("").
Additionally, there must be at least one space between
and "title" and between the labels and the corresponding descriptions.
This command was introduced as an easy way to arrange various parts of
lesson files into single menu hierarchy which can be easily navigated,
as well as a replacement for ancient
F-key menus. See the
existing lesson-files for examples.
This command is called drill, and it is one of two types of typing exercises.
It is a multi-line command. The text is displayed in every second line, and you type in the intermediate lines. Because of this, you cannot use more than 11 lines of drill content.
This type of exercise is supposed to be used for finger training (i.e. jfjfjjf), but may also contain complete words and sentences if they are used to practice something (i.e. a letter/syllable/"grip"), and aren’t real texts.
The lowercase version
d is a “practice only” drill - the user
will not have not repeat this drill if he/she made too many mistakes.
This is the second type of typing exercise: the speed test.
It is a multi-line command. It displays its text on the screen, and prompts the user to type on top of it. That’s why you can use up to 22 lines of text for one speed test. In a speed test you can correct your mistakes, but this will not decrease the error-count.
Speed tests should be used for typing (mostly) complete sentences, texts or files (i.e. a letter, texinfo/html/tex files).
The lowercase version
s is a practice only speed test:
the user will not have not repeat this drill if (s)he made too many
This causes gtypist to go to the label in
continue execution of the script there. This is a single line command.
This command command prompts its text on the message line, and waits for a Y or an N before proceeding. Other characters are ignored.
As a side effect, you can hit an F-key if it is bound (a deprecated way to create the prompt for menus).
This is like
G, except that the goto is executed only if the
result of the last
Q command was Y.
This is like
G, except that the goto is executed only if the
result of the last
Q command was N.
This command is deprecated in favor of M: This binds a function
key to a label. The format of the data line following this command
fkey_number is a
function key number in the range 1 to 12, and
label is a label
to go to when this key is pressed. A value of NULL for label removes
any label binding from the key.
If function keys are not available on the terminal other keys can be used: 1 to 9 to replace F1 to F9, 0 to replace F10, A for F11 and S for F12.
Other alternatives for the keys F1 to F12 are the combinations: Ctrl-Q, Ctrl-W, Ctrl-E, Ctrl-R, Ctrl-T, Ctrl-Z, Ctrl-U, Ctrl-I, Ctrl-O, Ctrl-P, Ctrl-A and Ctrl-S.
This is also useful where function keys are intercepted by other programs (for example by a window manager).
This command is used to set the highest error-rate permitted for the
next drill (
E:<value>%) or for all following drills until the
If --error-max/-e is specified then this command will only have an effect if it is stricter than the value specified on the command-line.
command_data consists of the value (between 0.0 and 100.0),
followed by ‘%’ (this is required so that scripts are more
readable). A special value of
the error-max value back to the default.
This command (“set on-failure label”) is used to set the label (in
command_data) where the user will have to go to if (s)he fails
Usually, this command only applies to the next exercise, but you can
make it persistent by putting a ‘*’ at the end of
If label is NULL then this resets the label.
This command causes gtypist to exit. It is a single line command. Any
command_data is ignored. The program also exits if the end of
the file is found (so you could also place a label there and just
G to it)
Here is a tiny example script to demonstrate the available commands (tinydemo.typ lesson file):
# Minimal demonstration B: Typing tutor demonstration *:LOOP K:1:QDONE T:This is a small example tutor script. A better :example may be found in the demo.typ file that :accompanies GNU Typist I:Here is an example of a drill: D:asdf ghjkl; I:And here is an example of a speed test: S:qwe rt yu iop *:QDONE Q:Seen enough yet? [Y/N] N:LOOP X:
This section provides guidelines and hints for creating new lessons (or improving existing ones).
A very easy way to write lessons is to write them in the format that
ktouch 1.0 uses, and then convert it to a gtypist
tools/ktouchOLD2typ.pl. This will take care of
writing “jump-tables”, a menu and a bit more.
The ktouch-1.0-format consists only of lessons, which are preceded by their names, and separated by blank lines and/or comments (‘#’ at the beginning of the line). So the first non-blank, non-comment line in the file is the name of the first lesson, and the first lesson consists of all the lines up to the next comment or blank line. After the separator (comment or blank line) the name of the second lesson follows and so on.
This is an example of a three-lesson ktouch file (excerpts from the first three lessons of german.ktouch):
# # Deutsche Training-Datei für KTouch # Grundstellung f f f f f f fff fff fff f f f f f f fff fff fff f f f f f f f fff j j j j j j jjj jjj jjj j j j j j j jjj jjj jjj j j j j j j j jjj fff jjj fff jjj jjj fff jjj fff fjf fjf fjf jfj jfj jfj fjf jfjfj Grundstellung fff jjj ddd kkk aaa ööö fff jjj ddd kkk aaa ööö fff jjj ddd kkkff fda jkö fda jkö fda jkö fda jkö fda jkö fda jkö fda jkö fda jköfd s s s s s s sss sss sss s s s s s s sss sss sss s s s s s s s sss #Zwei wichtige Vokale: e und i e und i asdf ölkj fdsa jklö asdf ölkj fdsa jklö asdf ölkj fdsa jklö asdfö das dass lös fad dass lös als dass las lös fad dass als dass dass ded ded ded dej dek del deö ded deö del dek dej ded dej dek delde
Once you are done, use
tools/ktouchOLD2typ.pl to convert the
file: ‘ktouchOLD2typ.pl lesson.ktouch’ converts
lesson.ktouch to lesson.typ. It is important that the
input file ends in ‘.ktouch’, otherwise
ktouchOLD2typ.pl will skip it. Warning: this will overwrite
lesson.typ without asking you !
You can customize the number of lines that
uses for each drill by modifying the relevant variable in
Obviously, the disadvantage of this is that you cannot make use of all of gtypist’s features (but the output file is very readable, so you can edit it to use more of gtypist’s features).
If you prefer, you can use the new ktouch 1.6 XML file format, which looks like this (from english.ktouch.xml:
<KTouchLecture> <Title>SAMPLE TITLE</Title> <Comment>SAMPLE COMMENT</Comment> <Levels> <Level> <NewCharacters>jf</NewCharacters> <Line>ff jjj jf jfj j jff fjjf ff jfj j jff ff jjj fjj fjj fjf jfj jjj</Line> <Line>f fjjf jjj fjjf jfj fjjf f j fjj jff j fjj jf jjj fjjf f f fjf</Line> <Line>fjjf jff jjj ff jf fjjf fjjf f fjj fjj jf fjf j jj f j fjj jj jjj</Line> <Line>...</Line> </Level> <Level> <NewCharacters>kd</NewCharacters> <Line>jjd fdfj rd djd jk jd k dd fjk fd fk k jfkd dkkf fk dkd dd jk k</Line> <Line>dfj djd fkkk fk dff d dkkf fd fk fdfj fk k dkkf djd dff dkd dff</Line> <Line>dkd kdk k dkkf k jk fkkk jd k jfkd fk fk jd k d dkd jd k dd rd dffd</Line> <Line>...</Line> </Level> </Levels> </KTouchLecture>
In this format, the content of the <NewCharacters> tag acts as a title for the following drill. You can convert *.ktouch.xml to *.typ with ‘ktouch2typ.pl lesson.ktouch.xml’, which will create lesson.ktouch.typ (again, this may overwrite without asking you).
Using gtypist-mode.el you can quickly create lessons with text
from the program
fortune (or the Emacs-internal
fortune isn’t available, as is usually the
case on Windows).
Once you installed gtypist-mode.el (see Emacs mode), you
can open a file with the ‘.typ’ extension and run C-c C-f
to create a drill (
D: by default, use C-u or C-u
C-u prefix to change).
s:) (possibly mixed with “real” exercises) followed by a “final test”. esp.typ uses this scheme.
I:Use your J-finger for the H key. *:_T_R_L23 D:jjj jhj jjj jhj jjj jhj
The tools/findwords script in the GNU Typist sources is there to assist you in creating new lessons.
In the beginning when you are creating a new tutorial from scratch, it’s not very easy to form words and even sentences while the range of letters you can use is restricted. Sometimes you want to insert some paragraph “targeted” at some special combination of two or three letters. This is even harder.
For this purpose we created findwords. It uses the dictionaries from the aspell database (free multilingual spellchecker).
You will need the aspell and aspell-LG packages, where LG is the ISO language code for the language you want to use.
After a successful installation, you will have to make a little change in your configuration so that aspell’s master database is the one of your language. This can be done two different ways:
In the above, LG means ISO language code (eg. ‘en’, ‘fr’, ‘cs’) and LANGUAGE means name of the database in /usr/lib/aspell (eg. ‘english.multi’, ‘french’, ‘czech’).
You can try if it works by typing:
aspell dump master | less
The syntax is as follows:
./findwords letters [combination]
In the mandatory letters argument you must list the letters that you want use without any spaces. You may use the dot (‘.’) to say ‘all letters’. The second argument combination is optional and you can specify there what combination of letters are you searching for.
./findwords asdfjkleruio sa
./findwords . col
gtypist now comes with an Emacs major-mode which does syntax-highlighting, indentation and has some convenient commands for counting labels, a goto-label-command, inserting properly centered banners, special comments and a bit more.
Copy this file from tools/gtypist-mode.el to wherever you put your local elisp files (e.g. ~/elisp) and put this in your ~/.emacs (adapt path!):
(autoload 'gtypist-mode "~/elisp/gtypist-mode")
or put it in
load-path (‘make install’ in the sources
should take care of this for GNU Emacs, or if you are using the Debian
package, it installs it here for you) and use this instead:
(autoload 'gtypist-mode "gtypist-mode")
and add this to your ~/.emacs:
(setq auto-mode-alist (cons '("\\.typ\\'" . gtypist-mode) auto-mode-alist))
All this is also mentioned in the README-section of tools/gtypist-mode.el.
Here are the commands along with the keybindings:
This shows gtypist’s texinfo-documentation, starting at node “Script file commands” (see Script file commands). With prefix, start at the top-node.
Query for a label to go to (with completion).
This command inserts the next label in a numbered sequence of labels. For example, if you insert
and hit C-c C-l then gtypist-mode will insert
This command inserts a centered
B: command. It’s centered on 66
columns because “gtypist <version>” is in the right corner (prompts
Inserts a horizontal rule (comment) consisting of dashes.
Insert the comments (header) and a label to start a new lesson (prompts for name).
Insert a drill (
D:) with text from
fortune isn’t available). Use C-u
prefix to get
S:, and C-u C-u to get
Run C-h m for a complete list of commands and their keybindings.
If you find bugs or if you think there’s something else this mode could do, please write to email@example.com.
File tools/gtypist.vim provides vim syntax highlighting for gtypist lesson files (vim 5.x, 6.x and 7.x (and higher)).
To install it for version 5.x (or any version on Windows), copy the file to where the syntax-files go (for example /usr/share/vim/vim56/syntax/ for Vim 5.6; if everything else fails you can search for e.g. xml.vim) and add this to ~/.vimrc ($HOME/_vimrc on Windows):
autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead *.typ set ft=gtypist
Installation for Vim >= 6.x is simpler: first create ~/.vim/syntax/:
mkdir -p ~/.vim/syntax and put tools/gtypist.vim in there.
Finally add this to ~/.vimrc:
autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead *.typ setf gtypist
In case you are using the debian package, gtypist.vim will already be installed for you, but you need to enable it explicitly:
sudo apt-get install vim-addon-manager vim-addons install gtypist
In any case, make sure that the vimrc file has the following
command at the top ahead of all other
autocmd! " Remove ALL autocommands for the current group
(which avoids problems if vimrc is sourced more than once). And if you haven\’t done it already, you need to enable syntax highlighting (this may need to be before the autocmd ... gtypist).
syntax on " turn on syntax highlighting
You can verify that tools/gtypist.vim is active by running
:set ft? in vim, which should return filetype=gtypist.
All of this is also mentioned in the README-section of tools/gtypist.vim.
GNU Typist uses the following environment variables:
GNU Typist offers Native Language Support (NLS) with support of the
gettext library, this means that if your system supports it, the
language of the messages shown by gtypist can be chosen. By now
gtypist is distributed with messages in English, Czech, Finnish,
French, German and Spanish. To use a particular NLS use the
environment variable LANG and set it to the appropriate ‘LL_CC’
combination where ‘LL’ is an ISO 639 two-letter language code and
‘CC’ is an ISO 3166 two-letter country code (e.g. ‘es_ES’
for Spain and
de_DE for Germany). In some systems it will be
also necessary to set the environment variable LANGUAGE to the same
If you want to translate messages to a different language (or if you want to correct a message), please communicate it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lists the directories that the program will look in for script files.
It has the standard format for paths, that is, a list of directories
separated by ‘:’s. To open a script, gtypist will try the
following paths: (1) to use the script name alone (2) it will append
each one of the directories specified in the variable
GTYPIST_PATH and (3) it will append the directory used during
the installation process (e.g. /usr/local/share/gtypist or
Used by curses to manage the display.
This may need to be set if the path to the
terminfo database is
different between the system the binary was compiled on and the one it
is being run on. For example, in older Slackware systems, the terminfo
database resides in /usr/lib/terminfo. On RedHat Linux, it is
in /usr/share/terminfo. If the program complains about the
terminal type, and the value of
TERM is correct, check into
GNU Typist does not go to much effort to minimize terminal output. In particular, the flashing block cursor can cause a lot of cursor movement. Using the terminal’s own cursor will help if this becomes a problem.
In speed tests, the program does not allow backspacing or deletion past the beginning of the screen line, or back through Tab characters. This is purely to simplify screen updating.
Colour curses modes do not seem to work well with UnixWare. In particular, reverse video is not always rendered correctly on some terminal types, and xterms.
Please see the TODO file in the source distribution for more things that need to be fixed.
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