The pointer moves too fast (demonstration video) when I use the tablet in relative mode after I run

xsetwacom set "Wacom Bamboo stylus" Mode Relative

However, xsetwacom --list parameters does not show an obvious setting to change this.

My mouse is set to accelerate rather a lot: xset m 4 1. Running xset m 0 0 makes it possible to slow down the cursor in general but I need to do this only for the tablet.

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The solution is to scale the Area parameter. To get the current value:

$ xsetwacom get "Wacom Bamboo stylus" Area
0 0 14760 9225

The value might depend on my setup (two screens, 3840x1200 resolution) or on my tablet (Bamboo MTE-450) so it might be different in your case.

Multiply the values by the factor by which you want to slow down the pointer, for example to make the pointer 3 times as slow, run

$ xsetwacom set "Wacom Bamboo stylus" Area 0 0 44280 27675

To set the value when Xorg starts, you can write the command into ~/.xinitrc

Note: it seems that until recently, BottomX and BottomY would have to be changed for this effect.

This solution was found thanks to an Arch Linux forums thread, which used BottomX but made it clear how to calculate and what the xsetwacom commands should look like.

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