scroll and usability
openmoko at mazikeen.demon.co.uk
Tue Jan 13 17:31:01 CET 2009
On Tuesday 13 January 2009, Pietro Abate wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> I just want to put forward a couple of usability suggestions.
> [Snip first suggestion about scrolling]
> Another small suggestion is about the keyboard (in general, any
> keyboard). Why do have by default the smallest keyboard in the world,
> when we could have much bigger keys if we rotate the phone in landscape
> mode ?
> I'm thinking when I write an sms. The default should be landscape. Yes,
> maybe you might need to use to hands instead of one, but I don't believe
> you are able to type an sms with the current keyboard just using one
> hand anyway. Most of use use the stilo anyway...
The illume keyboard works for me one handed while walking for entering english
text such as SMS. The correction capability is _very_ effective if the
dictionary is good, and will learn as you enter more text.
> On the same note about the pin input. Why do I have to switch to the
> numeric keyboard (here I'm talking about om.200x) to input my pin, if
> the application already knows the I need the numeric keyboard ? And why
> should not be able to use directly the big numeric keyboard used in the
> call widget ?
The illume keyboard should respond to hinting by the app, and I believe the
2008.x keyboard is supposed to do this too. If the app is missing a hint, or
providing the wrong one, report it as a bug.
> All in all, I think there should be a number of different keyboard,
> specialized for a specific task (call(numeric), sms(landscape),
> terminal, sms(predictive), etc ) and each application should be able to
> select by default that would be more user friendly for its specific
See above for keyboard hints. Apps are free to rotate the screen, and if the
provide the hinting then the appropriate keyboard should be used. Personally
I do _not_ want the app second-guessing my choice of screen orientation,
except possibly by using the accelerometers.
> I hope I'm not talking bullshit here. I've been following development
> for a while, but I might have missed something important. Like I never
> tried parioli...
> thanks for listing :)
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