Possible Input method -- press and drag

Luca Dionisi luca.dionisi at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 22:20:30 CEST 2007

On 10/2/07, Derek Pressnall <dpressnall at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've had an idea for a novel input method that would work on touch
> screen devices.
> The idea is to present a graphic that is similar to a standard phone
> keypad layout, with standard lettering and number positions.  To enter
> a specific letter, you touch the button associated with that letter
> and drag your finger/stylus in a particular direction to indicate
> which letter to choose. For example, to enter an "a", press the number
> 2, then drag to the left and release.  A "b" would be "press 2, drag
> upwards and release", and a "c" would be "press 2, drag right then
> release".  And so on.  To enter the number 2, just press and release
> without dragging.  To be easily usable, the method shouldn't require
> you to drag completely off the button, but should also require a
> minimum drag length.
> What does everyone think about the usability of this type of method?
> Once I get up to speed on GTK programming, I can take a stab at it,
> but it may be a bit before I get time for it.  So if someone else
> wants to give it a shot, go ahead.

I don't know how much this idea is novel.  It should be a kind of
revisitation on the pie-menu, which is supposed to enable quicker
access to more GUI commands.

I think it could be usable.

On 10/2/07, Robin Paulson <robin.paulson at gmail.com> wrote:
> i think this has been done already, sort of. see:
> http://www.micropp.se/openmoko/

Already done, or just proposed?


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