Ideal screen rotation

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at
Wed Nov 4 09:01:17 CET 2009

On Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 07:40:58PM +0000, Neil Jerram wrote:
> - for many apps there is a preferred orientation (e.g. zhone and
> hex-a-hop), and the best thing is to rotate the screen to what is best
> for each app, regardless of how the phone is being held

When this is the case, I stop omnewrotate.

> - for some apps you definitely don't want the screen to be rotated
> underneath them, e.g. mokomaze


> - for the apps where autorotation makes sense, you want the control to
> be easily accessible - certainly a lot easier than switching back to
> the launcher or an xterm and doing something there :-)
> Have others already thought about this and devised solutions?
> I think a good solution might involve the window manager - since the
> window manager knows which app is at the front of the screen and so
> could rotate the screen correctly for it (including enabling
> autorotation for the apps where that makes sense).  Alternatively - at
> least for e17 - an easily accessible gadget in the top shelf could
> make it very simple to choose a specific orientation and to enable and
> disable autorotation.

The icon in the launcher being a toggler for omnewrotate is a "hack" as
I haven't learned how to make a shelf gadget yet.

Patches to make a shelf gadget for omnewrotate are, of course, welcome :)


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