Landscape keyboard

Ortwin Regel ortwin at
Tue Jun 10 16:34:34 CEST 2008

Interesting idea. There are some problems I see with it:
-The screen is very small so typing with two thumbs and trying to see
what you type gets difficult.
-When you type with two fingers, you happen to touch the screen with
both at once sometimes and with our resistive touchscreen that
registers a touch somewhere between the two touchpoints. Probably not
that much of a problem, though, because you get used to avoiding this.
I think it's something that should be tried, especially for a number
pad. For a full sized keyboard, the buttons get too small for thumbs.
I think the solution for full text input is one-finger-sliding.


On 6/9/08, Steven Milburn <steven.milburn at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM, Chris Wright <dhasenan at> wrote:
>> ...The keyboard itself has very minimal needs in terms of resolution, but
>> it
>> steals about a third of the screen in portrait mode, more in landscape
>> -- 640x480 is probably a bare minimum.....
> Chris's comment about the keyboard in landscape mode popped an image into my
> head.  Maybe it's been mentioned already, but I don't recall.  The keyboard
> for landscape mode could be split in two and have half on the right, and
> half on the left.  I think that may make it more suitable for thumb typing
> and take less area away.
> Someone will probably ask me to mock it up, but I'm a HW guy, so you really
> don't want me to try :)
> --Steve M

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