typespeed - Test your typing speed and get your fingers' CPS.
Typespeed gives your fingers' cps (total and correct), typoratio and some points
to compare with your friends.
Typespeed's idea is ripped from ztspeed (a dos game made by Zorlim). Idea of the
game should be clear to anyone, just type and type it fast or be a loser.
The basics are simple: words, which are extracted out of a specified word list,
fly from the left to the right. Your task is in any case to write them down
before they reach the right side and disappear, in which case your miss
counter will be increased. Should you have missed 10 words, the game will end.
Each correct input will increase your high score, where one character of the
word is exactly one point, i.e. a longer word results in more points. Your
total CPS and your correct CPS are displayed during game play. Total CPS means
all your input, whereas correct CPS only counts characters, that you have
entered to write a correct word. To enter the words, you can also use
emacs-like control sequences (^A jumps to the beginning of the string, ^B goes
back one character, ^E jumps to the end of string, ^F moves cursor one
position to the left (except cursor is at end of string), ^K deletes all
characters behind cursor, ^U clears input field). Should you have enabled
cheat mode (you can see CHE in status line then), you don't have to complete
your input by pressing ENTER or SPACE.
If you have played typespeed with these default rules far too long and you want
something new, you can create your own rule sets! There are three rule sets
supplied since 0.6.1:
The first rule contains default settings. You can play this mode when you don't
supply any options and just start the game. In this mode, speed will increase
whenever you enter a correct word. At the end of the game, you can get a rank
in your top 10 list for the specified word list.
Settings have changed in 0.6.0. If you want to play with old rules (typespeed
0.4.4 - 0.5.3), you can choose classic.
The third rule set is training - speed won't increase.
If you have other ideas, you can supply your own rule set or change the settings
in menu "Game Rules". Feel free to send in some fancy rules.
Also, you can play typespeed in multiplayer. In this mode you can play against
one opponent over TCP/IPv4. Both sides can choose a word list, should you type
in a correct word and your opponent can handle more words (based upon his
current stat), there is a possibility that your typed word will be thrown into
his game. But remember, the same goes for you! In this mode, no rank can be
achieved in your (or opponent's) top 10 list. During multiplayer, you cannot
press CURSOR UP to pause the game, instead CURSOR UP will immediately result
in a game over. You cannot play custom rule sets in multiplayer.
- This will enable the cheat, which wraps words instantly
when they are written correctly. You don't need to press space/enter. It
is another question if this "cheat" actually helps...
- Start typespeed in client mode (where addr is network
address of server) Typespeed will try to connect to the given address and
start network play.
- For debugging purposes. The whole network data is written
into file. If you have issues with network gaming, attach this file to a
bug report mail.
- Turns off the curses colors. It can be a more clear way to
play the game in some situations.
- Tells what TCP/IPv4 port will typespeed be using in the
network play. The default port is 6025.
- Start typespeed in server mode. Typespeed will wait for
other player to connect.
- Little explanation of the parameters.
In these files, you can specify the location of directories for game rules and
word lists. You can also activate cheat mode in these files if you write
"cheat = yes". If you create a configuration file in your home
directory, you must also create a file called $HOME/.typespeed/score. All your
personal high scores are stored in this file, not anymore in system wide high
score file. This is needed to prevent malicious users to pretend to have 1000
points in e.g. words.eng whereby directory for word lists has been changed. In
order to compete with system-wide users, you have to remove your personal
If you would like to create your own word list, you have to follow these simple
The first line contains the description that will be listed in word list
selection menu. You cannot use more than 60 characters.
A word list must consist of at least 22 different words, i.e. no duplicated
words. The words must not be longer than 19 characters. Should they be longer,
they won't be parsed; instead they are silently dropped. Words must not
contain escape sequences, tabs or spaces. These words will be dropped, too.
Blank lines will be ignored.
If you would like to see your created word list included into next release,
please send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do not use typespeed version 0.5.2 or higher with a version < 0.5.2. The
usage of network control words has been changed, so you could not end games.
If you have used typespeed < 0.6.0 and you wish to use your high scores in
newer versions, you have to convert them into new format. convert
be used for this task. convert
takes two arguments: the old high score
directory and the new high score file. Due to changed high score file format,
it is expected that converted scores (especially cps) differ.
Written by Jani Ollikainen <email@example.com>, Jaakko Manelius
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, and Tobias Stoeckmann <email@example.com>.
Report bugs to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Copyright (C) 1999-2003 Jani Ollikainen <email@example.com>
Jaakko Manelius <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright (C) 2006-2007 Tobias Stoeckmann <email@example.com>
Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification, are
permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright notice and this
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